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10 Years & 3 Heart Procedures Later, Paul Celebrates His Transcatheter Mitral “Valve-in-Valve” Replacement

At the age of 57, Paul Powers had actively pursued a healthy mitral valve for the past 10 years. During that time, Paul had BOTH mitral valve repair and mitral valve replacement procedures. Unfortunately, Paul recently began to feel short of breath and  completely fatigued as his bio-prosthetic valve began to fail.

As Paul did not want to go through another open heart procedure — given the trauma and surgical risk —  Paul looked for an alternative approach to fixing his valve. That is when Paul learned that a transcatheter mitral “Valve-In-Valve” replacement might do the trick. This is Paul’s story…

 

I have to admit… I had no idea that a transcatheter mitral “Valve-In-Valve” was even possible — until I met Paul. That said, thanks so much to Paul for sharing his story with me and our community. Also, I would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Chris Malaisrie and the Northwestern team for taking such great care of Paul!

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Doctor Q&A: When Can I Return to Normal Activity After Heart Surgery?

It is one of the best and most common questions I receive from patients. That fantastic question is, “When can I return to normal activity after heart surgery?”

To answer this important question, I was VERY LUCKY to interview Dr. David Adams at the recent Heart Valve Summit. So you know, Dr. Adams is the Cardiac Surgeon-in-Chief at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and he is the Co-Founder of the Heart Valve Summit. Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to see Dr. Adams operate here in the United States and on a medical mission in the Dominican Republic. Dr. Adams has been one of our greatest supporters AND he has successfully treated over 100 patients from our community including Brian Walsh, Sophie Marsh, and Boris Keyser. 🙂

Here are the highlights from my interview with Dr. Adams:

 

 

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Top 10 Heart Valve Stories of 2016!

Yay!!! 2016 was another AMAZING year for our community!!!

The past 12 months was full of patient education and patient empowerment. So, as we enter 2017… Let’s look back at the stories that inspired and connected us.

 

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12 Great Questions To Ask Your Heart Surgeon

A brilliant question I often receive from patients is, “What should I ask my surgeon when I meet with them?”

I’ve written about this question in the past. However, I thought it would be great to hear how a surgeon might respond to this question. So… At the recent Heart Valve Summit, I asked Dr. Kevin Accola this question. By the way, if you are unfamiliar with Dr. Accola, he is one of the most celebrated surgeons in our community. Doctor Accola has successfully treated many patients from this website including Denise RingScott Neiman, and Tammy Pilcher. 🙂

Here are the highlights from my interview with Dr. Accola.

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At the Marathon Finish Line, Phil Held This Up!

A BIG question patients ask me prior to heart valve surgery is, “Will I be able to do the things I love after surgery?”

Well… Let’s consider the story of Phil McBride.  At 62, Phil was an avid runner and an active member of Eastside Running Club. His love of competition kept him running at higher and higher levels.   In November 2015, about 1 mile into a race leading up to the USA Track and Field National Cross Country Championships, Phil began having a hard time catching his breath. He was able to finish the race but in his words he “had an awful run”.

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