HeartValveSurgery.com Re-launches with 200+ New Features

Great news everybody!!!

Thanks to your excellent feedback, ideas and suggestions, we just relaunched HeartValveSurgery.com with over 200 new features.

HeartValveSurgery.com Relaunches


So you know, our team has been working on this project for 10 months. That said, we are very hopeful that this new interactive platform will educate and empower you through heart valve surgery.

To help you learn about some of the highlights of the new website, I just posted this video. (For the hearing impaired members of our community, you can read the video transcript posted below.)

Again, thanks to all of you – the patients, the caregivers, the surgeons, the cardiologists, the nurses and our sponsors for your continued support of this website. I am very hopeful that this new website will help you today and in the future.

Keep on tickin!

P.S. Here is the video transcript for your review:

Hi everybody, my name is Adam Pick. If I’ve yet to meet you, I’m a former patient and founder of HeartValveSurgery.com. Today I’m super excited to share with you the relaunch of our website. Now when I started HeartValveSurgery.com eight years ago, I had a really simple mission. I wanted to educate and empower patients, maybe just like you, through the experience of heart valve surgery from diagnosis to recovery. Today, with the relaunch of our website and the addition of over 200 new features, I’m very encouraged, and I’m very hopeful that today represents a big step in the evolution of our website and the support of our mission. Over the next few minutes, I’m going to walk you and guide you through some of the changes to the website and some of the new features that will hopefully help you learn about maybe your valvular disorders. What are the treatment options available to you? Who are some of the best cardiologists and best surgeons that can provide you some of the most excellent care at leading cardiac centers and heart hospitals? I’m also going to share with you some of the new features in our social network known as the My Community where you’ll have a great opportunity to meet other patients just like you.

Let’s get started. To get started, let’s talk about the look and feel of the website. It’s often known as the interface of the website and when we spoke to patients, the family members and their friends, they gave us a lot of great feedback onto ways that we could approve this design. The first thing we heard was that some of our font sizes were just too darn small. The other thing we heard was that some of our pages had a lot and a lot and a lot of text on them and it made it difficult for patients to figure out what to focus on. Lastly we heard several criticisms about our navigation bar in that it really just blended in a little too much with the top part of our web pages. Patients didn’t even realize that there were other sections available to them at the website. Now going forward, we took these factors and several other considerations to design a completely new interface and you’re going to see that here as we move forward.

Here it is! Right off the bat I hope you see that the font sizes have just gotten significantly bigger to help you read this important information and digest it. You’re also going to notice that we have a new navigation bar in play that’s offset in a dark blue color with big white text that uses drop downs to help you access information at each page inside the various sections. Lastly, we put a big search bar at the top of every page so that if you want to learn about something – let’s say aortic stenosis progression, you can just type that in, hit the search button, and here comes some results for you to start learning.

Here’s some new changes about the look and feel of our website. Next let’s talk about one of my favorite features of this website which is the Heart Valve Journals Community and as you may have already experienced, this is a very special section of the website where patients come to share their stories with each other. They get to learn from each other. They keep their families and friends up to date on all the latest things going on with them, both in and outside the hospital. Since we launched this application back in 2009, we had never really updated it. Today that’s going to change. With all the latest social technologies and tools, we went ahead and just fundamentally transformed this Heart Valve Journals into the My Community. Here you can see that the look and the feel of the website is going to change a little bit. You’re also going to notice a really great new feature called The Patient Updates Section.

This provides our patients access to all the different things that are going on in our community at any given point in time. This is really like your patient newsfeed, just to keep in touch with all the things that are happening in our community. You’re also going to notice that for each user – that’s my son, by the way, when he was a little baby. Each user now gets their own special photo section and photo gallery. This is brand new for us and we have a new My Story. For the first time, you can go ahead and tell us information all about your surgery so that other patients can search for you, whether by location or potentially a valvular disorder or the surgical treatment. That’s just different and it’s new for us.

The last thing that I just want to make sure that we all know is that for the first time, we’ve embedded sharing capabilities, both using the add this capability in the left side margin. We’ve also embedded them, as you’re going to see, here in every single post. Finally, this is a great new feature. You’ve asked for this for, jeez, probably about two years. It’s a New Surgery Calendar. Every time somebody completes their My Story, it’s going to popular in the up-coming surgery section so that we know when we can support people like Beth, or let’s say myself for example, if I’m going through surgery again. This is some of the new features at our My Community section.

Moving onto the learning center, you should know that our website had grown from three pages when we started out, to now over 5,000 pages of information. One of the challenges that we’ve had is creating ways that patients can access meaningful information quickly. We’ve used this learning center as a way to do that. The challenge with this is that the information here is relatively static. We spent some time thinking about how could we get patients, get their family members, get their friends – not only this information, but some of the newer information. We created a new system, a new learning center that you’re going to see here.

All that information that you saw on the last page is now provided for patients just using simple drop-downs. Then what we have is a very interesting system where our website looks for the latest and greatest information and then goes ahead and publishes that based upon chronological order at times. You’re going to notice here, in the Latest News and Patient Update section – here’s a story from my blog, here’s a story from the community, here’s another story from my blog and so on and so forth, in addition to having additional educational videos that patients can watch at any time. This is new and this is different, but we really think this is going to help bring patients, much like CNN or CNBC, some of the latest and greatest information as soon as possible. That’s in the Learning Center.

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned over the past 36 months, it is that our patients, their friends and their families love to learn through videos. To give you some idea, our YouTube channel has now had, not 5,000, not 50,000, not 100,000, not 200,000, but 235,000 video playbacks since we launched that YouTube channel. Here at our website, we have Adam’s Heart Valve Video Section. This is where you can go to access information, you can search and find videos based upon a particular category or if you see a thumbnail that interests you, you can simply click on that thumbnail and the video automatically for you. This is the new video section that you can access in the navigation.

One of the biggest, and I think one of the most important questions for patients with valve disorders is about the care that they’re going to ultimately find to help them with their particular disorder. For this reason, we’ve done two things. The first is in 2008, we started the surgeon finder. This is, as far as we know, the world’s first and only database of surgeons who are patient recommended for heart valve therapy. To find surgeons in your area, you can go ahead and search by zip code, city, or surgeon last name. You can also search, if you’re in the United States by state or internationally by country. Lastly, you can search by the number of patient reviews. If you wanted to look at Dr. Patric McCarthy, for example, you’ll be taken to his surgeon profile page. Here you have access to a video if he has one, which Dr. McCarthy does. You get to see patient reviews for Dr. McCarthy which is helpful. You can do additional research like learning about specialties and interests, his education and training and lastly, if you like to, you can make an appointment with Dr. McCarthy by either picking up the phone and calling or by clicking the Make an Appointment button over here.

The other thing that we did, which is relatively a new part of the website is our Heart Hospital section. These are centers that we’ve been working with now for several years. They specialize in heart valve therapy. We’re bringing on several new sponsors in the near future here, but you can click on any of these cardiac centers to learn about them. For example, I’m just going to click on Mount Sinai and this is where Dr. David Adams who specializes in mitral valve repair, and Dr. Allan Stewart who specializes in aortic valve, and Dr. Paul Stelzer who specializes in the Ross procedures. You get access to all this good information about them and again, if you want to watch a video, if they have it posted here, you can get direct access to learn more about Dr. Stelzer and the Ross procedure for example.

You also get to learn about what their patients say about their experiences at the heart hospital. There’s clinic references and lastly again, if you want to learn more about the center or schedule an appointment, you can do that as well. That’s in the Heart Hospitals section.

There you have it. There are some of the highlights of the new HeartValveSurgery.com. I’m very hopeful that these new features on this new interactive platform is very helpful in educating and empowering you through the heart valve surgery process. In particular, I’d also like to thank you for your support and your encouraging words as this incredible project now enters its ninth year. For that I want to thank your patients, their families, their friends, the nurses, the cardiologists, the surgeons, the heart hospitals, valve clinics, and of course, our sponsors who without their incredible support, none of this – literally none of this would be possible. On behalf of the entire team of HeartValveSurgery.com, thank you so much. As we always say here, keep on ticking.

Adam Pick
Written by Adam Pick

Adam Pick is a patient, author of The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery and the founder of HeartValveSurgery.com.

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  • whatever

    This looks terrific.

    I encourage you to share this in some way with other “special interest medical groups” who could make use of this to support their community.

  • Hey there! Thanks so much! We’d love to share with another “community of interest”. Do you have any ideas?

  • whatever

    Knocking on wood, “Heart Valve Surgery” is my medical special interest group.

    But I think what you’ve done, making it more than just a blog but to some very needed features in any support group could be used widely for any of what seem to be endless groups.

    I am sure many have their own phpbb forums, etc., but I bet a lot are at the level of a facebook page and would love to see what you have put together.

    If you had the time, I am sure a booklet similar to your heart valve surgery booklet outlining the ins and outs of what you’ve put together here would go a long ways.

    In the 70s, my dad was faced with one of the life threatening Jewish genetic diseases. He started a newsletter that he would type in, then mimeograph, then send out to subscribers. He would take out ads in the major newspapers advertising this newsletter. All because he had no support group. His support group later became the founding part of a national organization working to fight that disease.

    How far we’ve come.

  • kelly stevens

    Hi Adam this great what a fab move forward. I would like to ask will you be getting an ap so we can use it for phones whilst in hospital. Not sure if this can be done yet. Looking good thanks for all the hard work you have put it

  • Hi Kelly! Thanks so much for the kind words! Funny you should mention the development of an app. Next time you are on smartphone, go to the website. You will notice that our website now uses “responsive” design so that it will enable you to use all the features of this website directly on your smartphone. This is a new form of web coding that is really neat. For this relaunch, we updated over 5,000 pages of content to work on smartphones, tablets, pcs, laptops, etc. Let me know what you think! Adam

  • DVB

    Hi Adam. I really like the new look. Wow. That said, it broke my journal’s embedded markup that put graphics, annotations, and special html thingies in my entries. Any special hack your team can apply? Thanks

  • DVB,

    Thanks for the kind words about the site. I’m hopeful the new layout and features will further educate and empower patients for years and years and years to come. 🙂

    I’ll look into that hack to offset the new changes. However, please be patient. We are working through several common issues during the soft launch.

    Talk to you soon. And, thanks for all of your incredible support of our community.


  • DVB

    Patience I can do. To be sure, work the common stuff first. And thank you, sir, for making all this possible. Be proud for having such a positive impact on so many.

  • DVB

    Ooooo! I like it. Thanks for the restore. It’s all very wonderful. Best to you — DVB

  • Lenora Montoya

    Hi Adam,
    I just wanted to say THANK YOU for such a wonderful website. This sight saved my life which provided mynhusband and i with so much information I really felt I was pretty much prepared for my surgery. Don’t get me wrong as i still was scared about the whole procedure. As I was told I needed heart surgery in 2013 I came home and surched the web for any information and found your wonder site. I had CHF and was in need of Heat Valve Repair. as I was searching for a surgeon on your site I found two surgeons, only to find out my Cardiologist also referred me to the one I really liked and researched. I really like the new changes to the site as it is a bit more user friendly and has more feature to keep ons informed. I wish it was like that when I had my surgery.

    I just wanted to say Thank You again for such an amazing site and your YouTubes and webenars, I will continue to educate myself and refer others to do the same. All the best, Lenora

  • Lenora Montoya

    sorry for the errors, I tried to go back and fix but could not get to correct on my iPad.

  • Lenora, Wow! Thanks so much for the kind words about this website. You just made my day! If you need anything, please let me know. Adam

  • Paul Rose

    Hi Adam, the relaunched website is one of the, if not the, best websites I have used. (I used to manage development of airline and train websites) Congrats to your team on a first class implementation, job really well done!

  • Paul, Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for the very kind words about the new website!!! I can not express, in words, how much your note means to me and the dedicated people who have helped out on this project. So, I just took this picture. Again, thank you! Adam

  • Paul, Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for the very kind words about the new website!!! I can not express, in words, how much your note means to me and the dedicated people who have helped out on this project. So, I just took this picture. Again, thank you!! Adam

  • Hi Paul,

    Thank you! Thank you! And… Thank you!

    One more… Thank you for the very kind words about the new website!!!

    I can not express, in words, how much your note means to me and the dedicated people who have helped out on the relaunch of this website.

    So, I just took this picture.

    Again, thank you!!!

  • Paul Rose

    Love the photo! Thanks, for providing a wonderful venue for a super support community, it proved to be key in my preparation for, and recovery from, OHS. If you were in the UK you would have received a well deserved award by now! :)) Paul

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