PFO Post Closure ” Do I take these pills for life? “

Once a hole in the heart is plugged with a PFO closure device the common question asked by patients is how long does one need to continue antiplatelet therapy?   According to a new analysis reported in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology, long-term follow-up of patients who underwent patent foramen ovale (PFO) […]

Higher exhaled carbon monoxide levels linked to increased stroke risk

According to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015 and reported by American Heart Association News, high levels of exhaled carbon monoxide was associated with a greater risk of future stroke and transient ischemic attack among seemingly healthy adults. Carbon monoxide is produced naturally by the human body as a signaling […]

Amplatzer cardiac plug “very promising device” study suggests

Amplatzer Plug Cuts Stroke, Bleeding Risks in AFib According to Study Almost eight years out post pfo closure and the hairs on the back of my neck still stand up when I get an “Amplatzer” Google alert.  I guess it will always be that way until we get better guidelines and follow-up for PFO patients. […]

Could one of the Hidden Dangers in the latest New “FDA Approved” Magic Weight Loss Pill be Stroke?

Here we go again! Big Pharma gets its way and gets set to cash in… Once again, another “quick fix” drug for our obesity epidemic called Belviq (lorcaserin) that works on suppressing appetite was approved (this time) by the FDA. What the evening news flashes may fail to mention is that this was a second […]

Take any of these dangerous medicines?

Could you actually  triple your risk of heart attack or stroke on one of these medicines? Just pick up a prescription of this Cox-2 inhibitor…. Interesting Fact: While studying the drug’s potential as an anti-cancer drug, the National Cancer Institute discovered that… Those taking 400mg doses had 250% greater risk of dying from heart attack […]

Facebook Shutdown by my post on

Remember I shut down my site last week to protest PIPA/SOPA?  Well, this post explores what could happen if PIPA/SOPA does pass… Here’s a potential scenario:  Let’s just pretend (in this Facebook Shutdown scenario) that I make a comment on my blog about an FDA scandal and I mention that there were reports linking politicians […]

Obese Kids at Increased Heart and Stroke Risk ?

  Passing Along: Just posted on Childhood-Obesity Study: Young Obese Kids Have Old Hearts In this study that looked at childhood-obesity and the changes in the heart, it was the aorta specifically that showed early changes, consistent with the hearts of much older adults. Permalink — click for full blog post “Childhood-Obesity Study: Young […]

Stroke Prevention begins with knowing your blood pressure

Stroke Prevention Guidelines: posted by David Dansereau for It doesn’t have to be May (Stroke Awareness Month) to review this list of important (and potentially life saving) guidelines: 1. Know your blood pressure. Have it checked at least annually. If it’s elevated, work with your doctor to keep it under control. Having high blood […]