Stroke Recovery and The Power of Team and Coach


-One Smile Can Begin a Friendship- -One Hope Can Raise our Spirits- -One Act Can Inspire a Movement- -One Touch Can Show You Care- Full Interview Available Now on the Know Stroke Podcast S2E7 There is power in being one team working together. The power of the group becomes one. We dive into this topic …

A Gross Case of Lack of Surgical Oversight in PFO Closure


Why is it so difficult to prevent unnecessary medical procedures in the US Healthcare System? This was the subheading of a recent article in the Politics section of the Atlantic on August 13,2021 by Chris Outcalt that caught my eye after a Google alert for stroke and PFO flagged it for me. Image Source: The …

Another PFO trial shows evidence of better outcomes for stroke patients following PFO closure


The findings support results of several trials and suggest that patients with a higher-risk #PFO are likely to benefit from a pfo closure device. According to findings presented at the 67th American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session,  patients who received a medical device to close a patent foramen ovale (PFO) after a stroke fared better …

Are patients with a patent foramen ovale at increased risk of perioperative ischemic stroke?


Posted by David Dansereau for Know-Stroke.org As reported in the February 6, 2018 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association  | Source:  JAMA. 2018;319(5):452-462.   This study tested the hypothesis that a preoperatively diagnosed PFO is associated with increased risk of perioperative ischemic stroke among patients undergoing noncardiac surgery. Summary of Findings: For adults undergoing non-cardiac surgery, …

FDA approves Amplatzer


News announcement from FDA you’ll be interested in if you’ve suffered a cryptogenic stroke from a suspected PFO and need more choice for treatment

PFO Closure Poll Results Favorable (So Far)


A while back we asked you to take this poll…. Have You Had PFO Closure?  Take Our Quick Poll: Many patient’s report improvement in symptoms and sometimes even complete resolution of symptoms after PFO closure, while other patients report mixed results.  If this applies to you, I hope you’ll chime in here how you feel …

Stroke Recovery Goal Setting Action Guide


In my last post I mentioned my book Body in Balance is a great place to find help with how to create an action plan for achieving your own goals.  I forgot to mention I also have a great free stroke recovery goals setting action guide you can access right away with this instant download.  It is part …

TCD and PFO Study Results


TCD is Superior to TEE for Detection of PFO (Patent Foramen Ovale) AHAScience News-International Stroke Conference 2014-San Diego Ralph Sacco, MD, FAHA, past-president of the American Heart Association, interviews David Spence, MD, primary investigator of the trial, “Transcranial Doppler Is Superior to Transesophageal Echocardiography in Detection of Patent Foramen Ovale,” which he presented at ISC …

St. Jude Medical RESPECT Trial for PFO Closure Provides Clinical Evidence of Risk Reduction in Prevention of Recurrent Cryptogenic Stroke – MarketWatch


“The Street” is certainly on the pulse of PFO as you may already be aware.  They were first to report.  But what does it mean??  Be careful not to just follow St. Jude stock today.  Here’s the early MarketWatch Report: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/st-jude-medical-respect-trial-for-pfo-closure-provides-clinical-evidence-of-risk-reduction-in-prevention-of-recurrent-cryptogenic-stroke-2012-10-25