GORE® CARDIOFORM Septal Occluder used in REDUCE trial returns positive results


According to recent Gore announcement, their PFO closure device  showed a statistically significant reduction in stroke recurrence in the primary intent-to-treat analysis.  Read the full Gore press release here…

 

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Here’s the nutrition facts on artificial sweeteners and stroke risk


Most processed foods today have added sugars.  With up to 70% of all processed and packaged foods on the market today being infused with more sugar, it is indeed difficult to avoid the white stuff. So what about the substitutes, the low to no cal sweeteners that promise you they are better for your health.  Are they any better?  What about if you’ve already had a stroke or have heart disease?  It makes sense why drinking all that sugar might increase stroke and heart disease risk, with the extra inflammation and triglycerides but is switching to these non caloric sweetners a better choice?

A study on diet soda

No problem,” I’ve switched to diet soda”.  I hear this all the time when I speak with a client that has “made the switch”. But by choosing diet soda, can we get the sweet taste we crave, without the downsides? Unfortunately, routine consumption of diet soft drinks is associated with increases in the same risks that many seek to avoid by using artificial sweeteners.  Watch this nutritionfacts.org video below!

The video reviews the increased risk of cardiovascular disease associated with regular soda, and  the cardiovascular risks associated with diet soda.  Key finding: the belief that “making the switch”  to diet soda will reduce long-term health risks ” is not well supported by scientific evidence, and instead…may contribute to the very health risks people were seeking to avoid” in the first place.

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New American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Guidelines on PFO Closure in Cryptogenic Stroke are Discouraging


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AAN Ruling Again on P values NOT Patient Values

[In my opinion this is very discouraging news and more evidence to show there is still a great divide in how neurologists and cardiologists treat cryptogenic stroke with known PFO.]

PFO Closure Tipping Point

Despite the hard work of PFO patients (like myself) to make a difference by providing testimony and  their real life perspectives to the FDA recently, it looks like the AAN is unmoved and keeping with their same position on how to best mangage and educate patients that have had a cryptogenic stroke with confirmed  PFO.

 

Read the post of this news from TCTMD

 

King Wilder, 57, never knew he had a hole in his heart until he had a stroke


 Listen to this 911 call and share Mr. Wilder’s  chilling experience of what it feels like to be having a stroke and not be able to communicate.  It was later determined that the cause of his stroke was probably caused from a PFO (patent foramen ovale), or hole in his heart.

 

As shared by The Desert Sun

 

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Body in Balance Principles Help in Recovery


The following is a recent 5 Star Review of Body in Balance on Amazon

Amazon5starsI’ve adopted the simple diet an exercise principles outline in the book and used them to fuel my obsession to get better. –March 21, 2016 By Eddie
This review is from: Body in Balance: Bare Naked Truth on Nutrition Fitness and Food Policies Impacting Your Energy and Your Health (Smart Moves Guidebook Series) (Kindle Edition)
“Following a serious spinal cord injury, I received this book as a gift during my stay at a rehabilitation hospital in Boston, Ma. It has become my bible! I’ve adopted the simple diet an exercise principles outline in the book and used them to fuel my obsession to get better. The author, David Dansereau, understands recovery from both a personal and professional level. He is a stroke survivor and a Physical Therapist/Sports Nutritionist. Using this unique background he has put together the ultimate hand book for both recovery and everyday living. Thank you David for your honest straight forward approach to fitness and well being.”
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I get asked often, “Is Body in Balance About your Stroke“?

The short answer to this question is “No” but the actual answer is somewhere in between because much of what is in my book came from my own research and experimentation of how to set goals to best restore balance to my body through proper nutrition and therapeutic exercise.  My research can be used by anyone needing to get clear on their goals and follow a game plan to take action getting started on the right path.

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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 whether mankind has a future among the stars. My boys love space movies and usually I am guilty of falling fast asleep between the two of them by 30 minutes in, but this movie kept me awake for nearly 3 hours.  I was thinking if I could speed up time like in the movie, where will PFO closure be 7, 15, 30 years from now? Also, if I could go back in time, would I elect to have PFO closure again?? PFO closure at one time early in my treatment after my stroke was described to me by a treating physician as a condition stuck in a “grey” area of medicine.  Unfortunately, I believe PFO closure, along with research into this area is now changing colors and drifting more from grey to black.  I wonder, does PFO research still have a place in medicine?

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Beyond the issue of reimbursement which has been pulled into the black hole years ago, patients simply looking for best practices on managing a possible pathological PFO  have been left behind too long in the mission to explore and treat PFO’s. The medical community has mostly failed us (patients) by not defining a clear patient pathway.  Patient’s have united together over time to try to make a difference.  For example, there have been groups of patient’s that started the PFO Research Foundation out of frustration and lack of united efforts by the medical community to hear patient’s voices. I disclose I was once part of this patient group at the beginning.  Currently, however,  many of these patient efforts remain “under construction” like the vessel being constructed in Intersteller  in attempt to bring humans to a better place. There have also been many smaller, all well intended, social media groups that have entered the PFO galaxy trying to fill the void left by medicine.  Several PFO debate and support groups surrounding the condition have spun off from migraine and stroke to other possible related disorders.  All either lack anything new to report, or the ability to gather new  funding resources to lead serious PFO patient directed research groups like this forward.    At the same time, most physicians that remain in the PFO space continue to argue and take sides over best practices for management.  Either way, the PFO closure debate slowly is making almost no measurable progress and patients are still left to look to the internet for best practices, like Cooper did to space, for answers.  While some patients along with their physicians await FDA ruling, many physicians caught in the controversies that surrounds PFO closure have already made up their mind and stopped doing PFO closure procedures as reimbursement has dried up.   Some have  simply dismissed the option from the start, others are waiting and holding their opinions silent adrift in a black hole of sorts.

While we all wait, there has been some new data and PFO research analysis conducted by pooling data.  There are also a few international studies and groups slowly trying to collect, analyze and report new data.  I wish, however, as do many PFO patients waiting on the launchpad here in the U.S.,  that we could somehow rocket this effort forward much faster so we are not looking back like Cooper at a lifetime that has passed him by trying to solve a problem.

A surprising 75 percent of Young Americans under age 45 STILL do not know the signs and symptoms of stroke!


Young Bright Minds at Risk


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To make matter worse, many of the participants in a recent survey on stroke warning signs admit they would likely wait out the symptoms — weakness, numbness, difficulty seeing or difficulty seeing — of a potentially deadly brain episode to see if things got better on their own.  This “wait and see” approach could be a tragic mistake, because stroke can often be successfully treated if it is caught early.

The first three hours after a person starts to experience stroke symptoms are often referred to as the “golden window,” when doctors can often minimize or reverse damage by restoring blood flow to the brain. Without treatment most will end up dying or with permanent disability.

stroke911knowstrokeorgThe stroke survey was commissioned by the Ronald Reagan- University of California, Los Angeles, Medical Center.  That national survey included responses from 1,009 people, 466 of whom were under 45. Without understanding the danger of the symptoms, the vast majority of those younger people surveyed, 74 percent, say that they wouldn’t seek immediate help.

Dr. David Liebeskind, a professor of neurology and director of the neurovascular imaging research core at UCLA is not surprised by the statistics. “They are in line with what we’ve been seeing,” Liebeskind says. Many younger people dismiss telling symptoms because they think that stokes only occur in the elderly. While they may be more common as people age, “we see them at any age from birth till 105,” Liebeskind says.

Making matter worse, studies have suggested that strokes among people under 45 have increased by as much as 53 percent since the 1990s.

A surprising 75 percent of Americans under age 45 do not know the signs and symptoms of stroke. Even more disturbing, many say they would likely wait out the symptoms — weakness, numbness, difficulty seeing or difficulty seeing — of a potentially deadly brain episode.  Denial is partly why young people don’t seek immediate treatment. Strokes often don’t “Hurt” like a broken arm or heart attack where people need to get help right away.  Symptoms of stroke can be misinterpreted as a headache from stress, a hangover from too much drinking or lack of sleep- therefore sometimes young stroke victims make the mistake of just trying to sleep it off.

And that could be a tragic mistake, because stroke can often be successfully treated if it is caught early.

The first three hours after a person starts to experience stroke symptoms are often referred to as the “golden window,” when doctors can often minimize or reverse damage by restoring blood flow to the brain. Without treatment most will end up dying or with permanent disability.

What you should do:

Know the Stroke Warning Signs. Act in time. Call 911

Here are some STROKE warning signs to look for:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding speech.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

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