Adam's Heart Valve Surgery Blog

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Big News! FDA Approves SAPIEN 3 For Mitral & Aortic “Valve-In-Valve” Replacement!

In case you missed it…. There is some BIG NEWS to report. Last week, the SAPIEN 3 received FDA approval for mitral and aortic “Valve-In-Valve” replacement for high-risk patients. As you might remember, we’ve been talking about the wonderful possibilities of Valve-in-Valve techniques for years with doctors, like Dr. Eric Roselli, and patients, like Jesse McBride.

 

 

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What Happened When 60 Patients & Caregivers Met for “Patient Day 2017” at Edwards Lifesciences?

Something special recently happened. More than 60 patients and their care partners traveled to Edwards Lifesciences, a leading heart valve manufacturer in Irvine, California, to meet each other, to share their stories and to inspire action within our community – the heart valve patient community.

This day is appropriately called… Patient Day!!!!!

Luckily, Edwards asked us to attend Patient Day 2017 and film the wonderful moments of this unique event that included meet-and-greets with the heart valve assembly teams, panel and group discussions, a campus and manufacturing tour and more. My favorite part of the day was watching patients meet the Edwards employees who made their valves by hand.

Ready to see what happened at Patient Day? Watch the video below…

 

 

Thanks to the patients and caregivers who traveled – from near and far – to participate in Patient Day. And… On behalf of our community, I want to extend a mighty thanks to the entire Edwards team for empowering the patient voice at “Patient Day 2017.”

Keep on tickin!
Adam

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Surgeon Q&A: Top 4 Facts About Mitral Valve Chords

I recently received a great question from Sandy about mitral regurgitation and her mitral chords, also known as mitral chordae.

In her email, Sandy writes, “Hi Adam, I was recently diagnosed with mitral regurg after my doctor heard a murmur. I understand that I have an issue with my mitral chords. But, I’m not really sure what that means. I didn’t see much on your site about this. Any thoughts for me?”

Mitral Valve Chordae

To help Sandy (and all of us) learn more about mitral valve chords, I reached out to Dr. Robert Saeid Farivar, who is the Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.

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What Should Patients Know About Clinical Trials?

With all the new heart valve technologies being developed, I’m getting great questions about clinical trials. That said, I just came across a new educational video released by the Alliance for Aging Research that reveals many interesting facts about clinical trials — from the patient perspective.

If you – or someone you love – are considering a clinical trial, I thought you might like to see this video.

 

 

Many thanks to Lindsay Clarke and Sue Peschin at the Alliance for sharing this video with me. And, thanks for your continued support of patients with heart valve disease. So you know, the Alliance was one of the driving forces behind the first National Heart Valve Awareness Day on February 22, 2017.

Keep on tickin!
Adam

Weill Cornell Medicine Launches Heart Valve Microsite!

I am very excited to announce that Weill Cornell Medicine (Weill Cornell) just launched a new Heart Valve Microsite at HeartValveSurgery.com!

Weill Cornell, which is located in New York, has taken care of many patients in our community including Barbara Vitale, John Goethe, Michael Kramer, George Majors, Gail Railer and yes… The one-and-only Mitch Friedman. As you may know, there is a great team of cardiac specialists at Weill Cornell including Dr. Leonard Girard, Dr. Arash Salemi and Dr. T. Sloane Guy. See the new Weill Cornell Microsite.

On behalf of our community, many thanks to the entire Weill Cornell medical team, Roselena Martinez and Dinna Greer for joining forces with HeartValveSurgery.com as we continue to educate and empower patients with heart valve disease!!!

Keep on tickin!
Adam

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