PFO and Cryptogenic Stroke:Another Runner Shares his Story


Following this story Medical Mystery : The Runner who lost his voice http://www.nationalpost.com/m/blog.html?b=life.nationalpost.com/2011/09/20/medical-mystery-the-runner-who-lost-his-voice&s=Opinion

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 […]

Study suggests better imaging needed to detect possible embolism from patent foramen ovale (PFO)


Quote from recent study reported in Cardiology Today: Wöhrle J. J Am Coll Cardiol Img. 2010;3:833–839. “It adds to the growing body of evidence that a PFO has multiple, potentially adverse, consequences that are often not noticed. Although a plethora of literature addresses stroke in patients with a PFO, no systematic study has evaluated embolism […]

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 […]

Bret Michaels suffers minor Stroke from PFO


by David Dansereau know-stroke.org Bret Michaels, who just taped his interview with Oprah Winfrey before this recent setback from a minor stroke from a PFO, is expected to recover (again).   His condition is reported as “operable and treatable”, so there will certainly be many following  Bret’s progress as well as more interest in PFO and […]

Excuses and Doing Your (Rehab) Job after a Stroke


I’m up late putting the finishing touches on my next mobility article for Stroke Smart Magazine and it got me reflecting on my own list of excuses and what it took (hard work) to overcome each of them. Here’s a look back on my own excuses to hopefully help you look forward towards your own […]

Does Barry Meier know Oprah?


If you are a regular reader of my blog you already know I have been doing a great deal of writing on stroke awareness and PFO education.  I gladly accept interviews when asked to talk more about this issue, especially when it can help further the discussion about stroke, migraine and the possibility of PFO […]