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Neurologist recommended

With that collaborative spirit [between neurologists and cardiologists]...device placement can occur quite safely and can be HIGHLY effective in reducing stroke with benefits of 50-97% relative reduction in stroke rates.”

— Jeffrey Saver, MD, UCLA Comprehensive Stroke Center

One week after her PFO closure, Christine was back on the treadmill running 5 miles an hour.

After Christine Lee’s stroke at age 33, her neurologist ordered a transesophageal echocardiogram to look for a PFO. Nearly six months after her first stroke, she had a TIA. Her neurologist then made a referral to an interventional cardiologist, and he recommended she get the PFO closure procedure within seven days.

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If I didn’t have a neurologist who made a referral to an interventional cardiologist, and if I didn’t have an interventional cardiologist who was familiar with and had full confidence in PFO closure, then I’m at square one, except I’m mad.”

— Christine Lee, USA (patient)

Alan is back to walking 12 miles a day

After suffering from a stroke of unknown cause at a young age, Alan Butcher's doctors discovered that he had a PFO. Since the PFO closure procedure, he has more energy and is back to his normal routine. Click on the video to hear about his experience.

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As an employee of the Royal Mail postal service “I’m back on full delivery, walking nearly 12 miles a day. Now it gets to be 8:00 at night, and I’m still bouncing off the walls, full of energy. I feel that I owe everyone who was involved a massive thank you.”

— Alan Butcher, England (Patient)

After his PFO closure, Tim is back to his busy accounting practice and daily workouts.

After Tim Karniewich’s stroke at age 52, his neurologist ordered a transesophageal echocardiogram as part of a stroke workup. Results identified a PFO, and Tim’s neurologist referred him to an interventional cardiologist.

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I went in for the procedure three months after the stroke and was pretty much back to normal. We went out to eat that night, and I felt like a million bucks. Today, I feel like a new man.”

— Tim Karniewich, USA (patient)
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