Archive for the 'Aortic Valve Replacement' Category

Patient Update: After Four Emergency Room Visits, Nina Finally Gets A TAVR!

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Nina Bamford was taken to the emergency room four times due to symptoms including shortness of breath. Nina was diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis. Nina was told that open heart surgery was “too risky” for her.

At 81 years old, Nina wanted to live.

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Surgeon Q&A: “What’s the Latest Research About Less Invasive Aortic Valve Surgery?”

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

I get a lot of questions about aortic valve surgery. Lately, my inbox has swollen with questions about less invasive aortic valve procedures.

Less Invasive Aortic Valve Surgery

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Patient Week Finale: In the Dominican Republic, Dionicio Gets a “Second Chance” at Life!

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

We’re excited to wrap up our first “Patient Success Week” with a story of hope!

In March, Edwards Lifesciences Foundation hired our team to film a mini-documentary about an extraordinary heart valve mission in the Dominican Republic. To see how patients, like Dionicio Garcia, got a “Second Chance” at life during this mission, please enjoy the video below.

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Patient Success Week: Tammy Pilcher & Cris Dykeman, Our Community Rockstars!

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

I’ll admit it. I love our community. I love seeing patients inspire each other. I love seeing patients educate each other. And, I loooooooooove when patients use the community in ways that I never imagined.

For example, some patients have Spring Break reunions in Florida.

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Patient Success: TAVR Saves Stella’s Life

Monday, January 26th, 2015

I’m very fortunate to meet many patients with heart valve disease. It’s always interesting to hear how each patient has a unique story specific to their valvular disorder.

Stella McClellan is a perfect example of this phenomena. Within 30 seconds of meeting Stella, I was captivated by her story. I mean… When someone tells you they were about to die from aortic stenosis, how can you not want to learn more. This is Stella’s patient success story thanks to a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).

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Carilion Clinic Launches Heart Valve Microsite!

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

I am very excited to announce that Carilion Clinic just launched a Heart Valve Clinic Microsite at HeartValveSurgery.com!

If you didn’t know… Carilion, which is located in Roanoke, Virginia, has been performing heart procedures for more than 30 years.  Many patients from our community — including Michael Siska and Bobby Broughman — have had great surgical outcomes at Carilion. :)

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On Veteran’s Day… We Salute Ray Tollefson, A World War II Hero & TAVR Recipient

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

On a day when we honor the people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, I wanted to salute Ray Tollefson from Michigan. Ray, who is 89 years old, was an Army Ranger during the infamous landing at Normandy during World War II, which is most commonly referred to as D-Day on June 6, 1944.

Here’s a great video to help you learn more about Ray’s heroic story and his recent transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedure (TAVR) at the University of Michigan.

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Surgeon Q&A: “Why Do I Need An Angiogram Before Heart Valve Surgery?” asks John

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

I recently saw a great question posted at John’s heart valve journal. So you know, John is scheduled for aortic valve surgery on October 17. In his post, John asked, “Since I already know that I have aortic valve stenosis — and need it replaced — why do I have to go through an angiogram?”

Angiograms Before Heart SurgeryAngiogram Image, John & His Wife

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In Memory of Robin Williams, Oscar Winning Actor & Fellow Heart Valve Patient

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Just last week, I was talking to Paul, my neighbor, about our ‘Top 5 Actors’ of all time.  With movies like Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society, Good Morning Vietnam, and The World According to Garp, the comedian and Oscar-award winning actor, Robin Williams topped my list.

Robin Williams Heart Surgery PatientRobin Williams (1951-2014)

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“Will An Enlarged Aorta Return to Normal Size After Bicuspid Aortic Valve Replacement?” Asks Mary

Monday, August 4th, 2014

I just received several excellent questions from Mary about bicuspid aortic valve replacement, aorta size and heart valve replacement devices. In her email, Mary writes, “Hi Adam – I want to know whether an enlarged aorta returns to normal after bicuspid valve replacement. Also do you have an opinion as to which is better, bovine or mechanical valve. Thank you.”

Enlarged Aortic Root

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