For decades, DAN Research has conducted valuable studies on topics of interest to the diving community. These studies, conducted both in and out of the laboratory, provide a solid foundation for globally accepted standards and recommendations for safe diving. Some of the topics DAN researchers have investigated include surface intervals for divers who plan to fly after diving, effects of aging and cardiac health on diving safety, the medical implications of diving with insulin-requiring diabetes, and many more.
Risk Mitigation for Divers With a Known PFO
A PFO, or a “hole in the heart,” is a known risk factor for DCS. This study sought to determine if closing this hole in a surgical procedure would decrease the risk of DCS and compared these findings to divers that were advised to dive more conservative profiles.