Is PFO closure now a black hole for medicine?


-by David Dansereau,MSPT  Know-Stroke.org I admit, I was drifting in thought as I watched the movie Interstellar with my boys over the weekend. The 2014 movie stars Matthew McConaughey who plays Cooper, an ex-pilot who must leave his family on Earth behind to lead an expedition beyond our galaxy through a black hole to discover […]

Video Update on PFO Clinical Trials this Year


Shared with permission from PFO Research Foundation. Be sure to visit the PFO Research Foundation website at pforesearch.org

PFO-Research-Foundation Patient Survey for 2012


Attention PFO Patients: Please Take our 2012 Patient Survey We’re conducting our second PFO-Research-Foundation-Survey for PFO Patients. This survey is only for patients diagnosed with patent foramen ovale (PFO). If you have a PFO your answers to this survey could help other patients and the medical community alike to understand how PFO’s are being diagnosed […]

Send in a Faces of Stroke Video for PFO / Stroke Awareness


The National Stroke Association invites you to share your stroke story on video.  Please remember to make mention of PFO and the connection with stroke. I believe they are promoting aFib awareness for stroke this month but until we get a month dedicated to PFO Awareness this will do.  Make a short video and send […]

PFO Research Foundation Responds to Clinical Trial Data


“…patients are more than a P-value and in the case of PFO the quality of life can be very different between a patient who is tolerating medical therapy well and one who is not. ”  -Bray Patrick-Lake | President and CEO of the PFO Research Foundation PO Box 20849, Boulder, CO 80308 Telephone O:1.888.736.2477 Press […]

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 […]

Bruschi “Factor” could have Legendary Impact on Kids Stroke Awareness


“What impressed me the most about this story was what the students did on their own to help spread stroke awareness.” -David Dansereau for Know-Stroke.org It was argued recently on New England Sports Network (NESN.com) which sports figure in New England is the greatest.  With names like Bird, Orr, Williams, Bourque, Russell, Yaz and Brady […]

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 […]

Will VH1 show Bret Michaels’ PFO Closure?


According to About.com’s surgery blog Bret Michael’s is scheduled to undergo PFO closure in January.  In this quick poll, I’d like to know how you think VH1 and Bret Michael’s new show Life As I Know It will address the controversial medical topic of PFO closure. Should VH1 show Bret’s PFO surgery and discuss the […]

Perhaps PFO needs to be better recognized as a “Syndrome” to get equal treatment


“After all, accurate diagnosis and treatment of plica in the knee, or “plica syndrome”, has an accepted surgical option after conservative treatment and medical management has failed.” –DP Dansereau, MS,PT for know-stroke.org First, here’s some quick background: Plica syndrome, while being quite well known to physical therapists and physicians specializing in physical medicine and orthopedics, […]