Seminar Update: Thanks To Dr. Khan, Alta Bates Summit and Ted For A Great Night In Oakland!
The educational seminar I recently spoke at went great. The seminar, “For People with Heart Murmurs”, was well attended and very interactive. After I shared my story, Doctor Junaid Khan provided the patients an overview of heart murmurs and the common forms of heart valve disease including mitral regurgitation and aortic stenosis.
Doctor Khan then discussed the different types of heart valve therapies. In closing, Dr. Khan shared some very interesting data about newer surgical techniques including minimally invasive approaches using port-access (also known as mini-thoracotomy) and transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI).
For me, one of the highlights of the night was when I met Ted Shearer. It turns out that Ted, who had successful heart valve surgery in 2009, read my book prior to surgery. Needless to say, there is no greater feeling that having face-to-face meetings with the members of our community. FYI, as you can see in the picture above, Ted is doing great!!!
Thanks to Dr. Khan, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Ted and all the patients who attended the event!
Keep on tickin!
Adam Pick is a patient, author of The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery and the founder of HeartValveSurgery.com.