Petition NHS Allocation of Funds for PFO Closure in Selected Ischaemic Stroke Patients

Young and unsuspecting people suffer from stroke due to a hole in their heart called a PFO. There is a straight forward procedure scientifically proven to be statistically significant in reducing secondary stroke in these patients. The NHS does not currently allocate funding for this procedure.

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Here are some links to relevant research:

http://www.onlinejacc.org/content/69/11_Supplement/1260

http://www.onlinejacc.org/content/56/13_Supplement/B108.3

Professional boxer Dan Sarkozi is an example of an unsuspecting victim of cryptogenic stroke. Dan suffered a cryptogenic stroke due to a hole in his heart which was originally believed to be a PFO. He faced the proposition of losing his career and spending his life on blood thinning medication due to lack of funding for this procedure.

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