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St. Jude Medical RESPECT Trial for PFO Closure Provides Clinical Evidence of Risk Reduction in Prevention of Recurrent Cryptogen by David D. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Thu 25 Oct 2012 11:49am “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 ... Read on »
Management of Atrial septal defect : Device closure lagging behind surgical closure ! by Dr. Sangareddi V. Medical Doctor Posted Tue 12 May 2009 4:00pm Atrial septal defect is one among the commonest congenital heart disease .After years of controversy, there is consensus  now , all significant ASDs  need to be closed ,  at whatever age it is detected. This rule does not apply to small ASDs without chamber  right atrial and right ventricular dilatation. These defects and PFOs need not be ... Read on »
On May 1st I received Closure on the Question of PFO Closure by David D. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Wed 01 May 2013 8:55pm Yes, you already may know “MAY” is National Stroke Awareness Month.  What you may not know is May 1st will always have a different meaning for me.  On May 1st, 2007 I had heart surgery or percutaneous closure to repair a PFO (patent foramen ovale) that is believed to have caused a cryptogenic embolus to get to my brain.  In other words, a smal ... Read on »
FDA Update on the WATCHMAN® Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Closure Device to Prevent Strokes in Atrial Fibrillation Patients by Mellanie H. Patient Expert Posted Thu 18 Mar 2010 12:00am There was an update today on the long-awaited FDA status of Atritech’s WATCHMAN® device. If approved, it would provide an alternative to taking Coumadin or warfarin to prevent strokes for those with atrial fibrillation. Here are some quotes from the press release. Minneapolis (March 18, 2010) Atritech, Inc. , an emerging medica ... Read on »
Getting Closure On Closure: We Cannot Always Get ALL Of The Answers by NML Patient Expert Posted Fri 07 Dec 2012 2:30pm Part of the reason why unhealthy relationships and their even unhealthier breakups drag on long past their sell-by-date, is because there is this idea that the other person holds the key to ‘closure’, this sense of resolution at the end of the relationship or post breakup and this sense that it’s been ‘resol ... Read on »
Is PFO closure Back in the “Dark Ages”? by David D. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Mon 30 Jul 2012 2:30pm Are Closure Devices for Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) and Atrial Septal Defects (ASD) safe? Do they offer a better quality of life over medical management? Should you exercise with/without closure? What exercises are safe? Can you have sex with a PFO? Should you fly? Is scuba safe? Is device erosion a real risk? Will my insurance pa ... Read on »
The Future of PFO Closure: Is the Glass Half Full or Empty? by David D. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Wed 14 Nov 2012 10:05pm Was the tipping point reached with the results of the recent RESPECT Clinical Trial? Not Sure, because if you gather all the recent press headlines you’ll still be left wondering what it all means.  Here’s a sampling: St. Jude Device to Close Heart Holes Fails to Prevent Stroke  BloombergNeither study determined that St ... Read on »
“The Doctors” Need to Get it Right on PFO Closure by David D. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Thu 13 Sep 2012 1:12pm If you agree with my previous post on PFO Closure and Patient Respect (and how the Doctors got it wrong) please SEND YOUR REMARKS Directly to The Doctors and let them know. Here’s How: Here was mine: Think you need to do a “do over” on your show on PFO (patent foramen ovale) ... Read on »
Clear Shot at Better Outcomes?: Closure of Coal-Burning Plants Could Improve Neurodevelopment by Environmental Health Posted Tue 30 Sep 2008 9:00pm Clear Shot at Better Outcomes?: Closure of Coal-Burning Plants Could Improve Neurodevelopment Formal Correction: This article has been formally corrected to address the following errors. Jump to ... Read on »
The perils of early closure in medicine and management consulting by David W. Patient Expert Posted Tue 20 Sep 2011 10:22pm Happiness in this World has an interesting post from last November (which I happened to see re-posted at KevinMD), which tells the story of a misdiagnosis of one physician by another. The problem: “early closure,” or jumping to conclusions. From the blog: Early closure, it turns out, is a danger that lies in wait mostly for seasoned clinicia ... Read on »