A hole in the heart – Part 2

Click here for part 1 Analysis of the Randomized Control Trials The 3 randomized trials performed tested two closure devices – CLOSURE I tested the STARFLEX device (NMT Medical, Boston, MA). The PC and RESPECT trial tested the AMPLATZER device (St. Jude Medical, St. Paul, MN).  Let’s look at each study closely. CLOSURE I (Starflex…

A hole in the heart – Part I

Strokes are the third leading cause of death in the United States.  800,000 people suffer a stroke every year, and the consequences are frequently devastating.  Lives are not just lost, but changed forever – speech permanently silenced, arms and legs turned into useless appendages.  The brain is very expensive real estate and it is little surprise that…