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Special Video: The Final “Ask Me Anything” from the Mitral Conclave

Great news! Our ‘Ask Me Anything’ video series from the Mitral Conclave Conference has been an educational hit!

In this… The final video, we wanted to do something special. We didn’t just answer one question. Nope! We wanted to jam-pack this educational video with some of the most important and the most commonly asked questions you submitted about mitral valve surgery. So, in the video below, you will find six questions answered!

Many thanks to Drs. Adams, Anyanwu, Boateng, El-Eshmawi and Swain for taking the time to answer your questions in this final Ask Me Anything from the Mitral Conclave!!!

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Technology Update: Feasibility Study Begins for Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement!

It feels like there is an explosion of new technologies coming out to treat heart valve disease. As of late, we’ve talked about transcatheter aortic valve replacement devices (TAVR) and transcatheter mitral valve repair devices. But, what about about transcatheter mitral valve replacement?

Well… I recently learned that Dr. Robert Saeid Farivar, the Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and his team has successfully implanted a transcatheter mitral valve replacement using a next-generation device developed by Tendyne.

Tendyne Transcatheter Mitral Valve ReplacementTranscatheter Mitral Valve Replacement by Tendyne

To learn more about transcatheter mitral valve replacement therapy, I was very fortunate to connect with Dr. Farivar. (So you know, Dr. Farivar has successfully treated many patients from our community — including Tammi Gunwall and Julie McDonald-Lundgren.)

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Ask the Cardiologist: What Should Patients Know About the Valve Management Guidelines?

Have you ever wondered how your doctor figures out the best treatment for your valvular disorder?

I did. But, I never asked my surgeon before my operation. In fact, it wasn’t until years later that I learned about the Heart Valve Management Guidelines issued the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.

To learn about these special guidelines, I interviewed Dr. Blase Carabello, a leading cardiologist, who has been working on the guidelines since 1998. Here are the highlights from my talk with Dr. Carabello.

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From Ocular Migraines to Heart Valve Repair, This is Jim’s Story

Together, we’ve learned a lot about the symptoms of heart valve disease. We’ve also learned that many patients have no symptoms. That said, getting a proper diagnosis for any type of valvular disorder can be a bit tricky and, in some situations, quite dangerous.

During a recent trip to Chicago, I connected with Jim Kelly, 56, from Wheeling, Illinois. During our chat, Jim revealed a very unique, diagnostic story that resulted in… mitral valve repair surgery. This is Jim’s story.

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University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Launches Heart Valve Microsite!

I am very excited to announce that the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) just launched a Heart Valve Clinic Microsite at HeartValveSurgery.com!

UPMC, which is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has a unique Heart Valve Clinic approach that includes a Center for Mitral Valve Disease, led by Dr. Vinay Badhwar, and a Center for Aortic Valve Disease, that is co-directed by Dr. Thomas Gleason. In addition, UPMC has other specialized centers for atrial fibrillation, coronary artery disease and aneurysm therapy.

As you may know, we’ve been working with UPMC for a few years. Many patients from our community — including Matthew Fountain, Josephine Rizzo, Charlene Melcher, Michelle Bamburak — have had excellent surgical outcomes with the UPMC team. :)

To experience the new UPMC microsite, click here.

University of Pittsburgh Heart Valve Clinic

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