In case you missed this earlier today on my stroke blog- The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) for the first time issued guidelines on stroke rehabilitation and recovery.  You can read all about it inside this news issue
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Do the new AHA/ASA Stroke Rehabilitation Guidelines Make the Grade?

I believe the new American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) guidelines  on stroke recovery and rehabilitation scored a solid B (maybe minus).  Here’s my bottom line on the guidelines, and why I believe they fell short.

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What you may have missed last month from Washington DC

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While I have you, I wanted to update you on my recent trip to Washington DC to testify before the FDA on an important subject for patients who have had a stroke from a PFO.  I have been working at helping provide a voice for patients around this controversial medical topic for almost 10 years.  In strict FDA fashion, I was given only 5 minutes to tell my story to try to influence the PFO panel to approve a device I have in my heart to prevent further strokes. (Spoiler alert:In the end, this was indeed a great day!)  Please take the time to read my post (even if you don't really give a hoot about PFO) because I believe we have not only reached a tipping point for PFO, but for all patients. What I observed is the patient 's voice is finally starting to be listened to in Washington.   Patient's can infuence research through advocacy and engagement.  No mattter the cause, you just have to speak up and show the decision makers that patients aren't P values and we need more choices and have the right to choose our best treatment options for our own quality of life, not just what insurance will cover.  So step up, it makes a difference!

Also learn what this all has to do with my Facebook profile picture in this post.  Read it here!


This photo is courtesy of the PFO Research Foundation.  Shown in photo: Bray Patrick-Lake, David Dansereau and Peggy Mahrt before testimony at the FDA in Washington DC on May 24,2016

Best regards,

David Dansereau,MSPT

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