On May 1st I received Closure on the Question of PFO Closure


My percutaneous closure to repair a PFO Yes, you already may know “MAY” is National Stroke Awareness Month.  What you may not know is May 1st will always have a different meaning for me.  On May 1st, 2007 I had heart surgery or percutaneous closure to repair a PFO (patent foramen ovale) that is believed […]

The Future of PFO Closure: Is the Glass Half Full or Empty?


Was the PFO tipping point reached with the results of the recent RESPECT Clinical Trial? Not Sure, because if you gather all the recent PFO press headlines you’ll still be left wondering what it all means.  Here’s a sampling: St. Jude Device to Close Heart Holes Fails to Prevent Stroke BloombergNeither study determined that St. Jude’s […]

Gore Medical Products Division Purchases Closure 1 Data from NMT Medical


  The purchase of  this stroke and PFO (patent foramen ovale) data from Closure 1 as well as intellectual property is reported to be ” in the spirit of collaboration and in the interest of advancing scientific and medical understanding”. posted by David Dansereau for know-stroke.org FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., Oct 19, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — W. […]

Flip Flops, Groin Kicks and Physicians without Heart have no place in PFO Patient Care


Flip Flops, Groin Kicks and Physicians without Heart have no place in PFO Patient Care By David Dansereau,MSPT for www.know-stroke.org I admit, I’ve needed a boost to get back to my know-stroke blog after almost a month away from posting.  You see, I’ve been working hard at expanding my physical therapy business recently but have never […]

“You Have Had a Stroke”-What to do next?


Yes, I admit, my posts these days on my stroke blog have been few and far between.  I have been extremely busy (more on this shortly) but  I had to comment on this story right away before I bookmarked it and  it got eventually lost in a sea of other things  “to do”. Liz Bestic, […]

Does Stroke Awareness need a Better Color or a Better Sponsor??


October just wrapped up Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and you could easily find its signature pink color practically everywhere you turned.  Here’s only a few examples of where I spotted the pink ribbons and the pink theme this past month.  Cereal boxes, soup, popcorn and probably a dozen other items I could list if I […]

New AHA/ASA Recurrent Stroke Prevention Guidelines Released


The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association published updated guidelines for recurrent stroke prevention online Oct. 21,2010 in the journal Stroke.  The last update to the AHA/ASA was in 2006, but results from several studies testing different interventions contributed to the need for the new report.  “We need to reevaluate the science every few […]

After a stroke work with your medical provider to cover all your treatment options


by David Dansereau for Know-Stroke.org Life after a stroke can be like living with a ticking time bomb.  The reality is that a second, possibly fatal stroke can very well follow the first.  In 2006, I survived a second stroke and shortly thereafter I vowed to make that one my last.  I researched all my […]