Adam's Heart Valve Surgery Blog

Get the latest news, patient advice and insights about heart valve surgery from Adam Pick, patient, author and website founder

Yes Karen! We Just Launched A MitraClip Microsite!

I’ve shared the wonderful MitraClip success story of Kato Pomer before.

However… I’ve been much less vocal about the success story of Karen Pomer, Kato’s daughter. If you didn’t know… It was Karen who tenaciously advocated for her 92-year old mother to receive the MitraClip, in 2009, when the device was still in a clinical trial. (Originally, Kato was told that she did not qualify to participate in the clinical trial.)

MitraClip Patient Success StoriesKaren & Kato Pomer (MitraClip Patient)

Now… Six years later…

  • Kato just celebrated her 98th birthday. Yay!
  • Karen continues to drive awareness to the device that Kato calls the “Miracle Clip”.
  • The MitraClip has gone on to receive FDA-approval and help patients all over the world.
  • I’ve received many patient inquiries about this transcatheter mitral valve repair therapy.

For these reasons… I’m very excited to announced the launch of the MitraClip Microsite. I designed this educational platform to provide a boat-load of information and patient success stories about the MitraClip on one simple page. See the Mitraclip Microsite here.

MitraClip Microsite Picture

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At 14,505 Feet, Dave is a Mountain of Inspiration!

A man. A bicuspid aortic valve. A heart valve surgery. A mountain of inspiration.

This is the story of Dave Augustus…

In March of 2014, I was told during my annual visit to the cardiologist that it was time to replace my bicuspid aortic valve.  Even though I have known for over 30 years that this was in my future, nothing could have prepared me for the range of emotions that I processed after hearing those words from my doctor.

Dave Augustus - Heart valve patient

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Surgeon Q&A: Are There Alternative Access Points For Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement?

I’m getting a lot of questions about transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures. A common question I get has to do with the different access points by which a TAVR can be implanted.

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Sentara Heart Hospital Launches Heart Valve Microsite!

Earlier this year, I was very fortunate to tour the Sentara Heart Valve Center in Norfolk, Virginia. During my visit, I met several members of the Sentara team and filmed an educational video with Dr. Philpott about the concomitant treatment of heart valve disease and atrial fibrillation.

Dr. Jonathan Philpott & Adam PickDr. Philpott & Me at Sentara’s Heart Valve Center

Today, I am very excited to announce that Sentara Heart Hospital just launched a Heart Valve Clinic Microsite at! To experience it, click here.

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What Happened When 100 Heart Valve Patients & Caregivers Met for “Patient Day” at Edwards Lifesciences?

When I started this website nine years ago, I had a dream. My dream was that someday heart valve patients would connect in real-time to share their experiences as a community.

Well, that dream transformed into reality when Edwards Lifesciences, a leading heart valve manufacturer, volunteered to host “Patient Day” at its headquarters in Irvine, California. To capture the special moments of this event, Edwards hired our team to film this video.

On behalf of the patients and the caregivers of, I want to extend a mighty thanks to Carla Asta, Amanda Fowler, Katrina Headle, Sarah Huoh, Mike Mussallem and the entire Edwards team for empowering the patient voice at “Patient Day”.

Keep on tickin!

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