We're conducting our second PFO Patient Survey. 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 and treated. The survey takes only a few minutes to complete and your answers will be completely confidential. Please fill out this survey only once and be sure to answer every question so we can keep the data as clean as possible.
Are you or is someone you know newly diagnosed with a PFO or ASD? Chances are, it was due to a neurological event, such as a TIA or stroke, severe migraine or some other cause. These can be stressful times for patients and family members. In the midst of dealing with treatment, patients now have to come up to speed about the myriad complexities about PFO - What is a "hole in the heart?" How does it relate to the original event? What medical treatment options are available?
The controversy surrounding the CLOSURE I trial has only further muddied the waters and made it harder for PFO patients to access care. The manner in which the CLOSURE I results were presented and selectively interpreted were a disservice to patients for several reasons. First, the data was statistically insignificant to prove superiority of device closure over medical therapy.
We recently received news from AGA medical that Webcasts about the RESPECT trials have been posted to their Web site: