Archive for the 'Mitral Valve Repair' Category

Surgeon Q&A: Should Atrial Fibrillation Get Treated During Heart Valve Surgery?

Monday, April 25th, 2016

If you didn’t know… Many patients with heart valve disease have atrial fibrillation, an irregular heartbeat. According to reports, up to 35% of patients with valvular defects are more likely to have AFib. For this reason, I really appreciated Anita’s question, “Adam – Can anyone having heart valve surgery be a candidate for corrective atrial fibrillation treatment?”

To answer this very important question, I tracked down Dr. Steve Bolling, a leading heart valve surgeon at the University of Michigan.  So you know, Dr. Bolling has successfully treated many patients in our community including Linda Comai, Jeff Adams and George Parish. 🙂

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Theoretical Physicist, Boris Kayser, Travels to New York for Mitral Valve Surgery & Bagels!

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

[This story is brought to you by the Mitral Foundation in collaboration with HeartValveSurgery.com]

It’s not everyday I get a chance to meet a world-renowned, theoretical physicist who works at Fermilab.

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Thanks to the MitraClip, Charlotte Cummings is Walking Again!

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Charlotte Cummings, 81, could no longer walk the streets of Chicago due to shortness of breath and fatigue. She suffered from severe mitral valve regurgitation and other health concerns. Unfortunately, Charlotte was not a candidate for mitral valve surgery due to the risks associated with traditional surgical approaches.

Then, Charlotte’s medical team told her about the MitraClip, a new transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVR) device. This is her story…

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Surgeon Q&A: “When Should The Mitral Valve Be Repaired?” asks Pamela

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

For our next ‘Ask Me Anything’ video from the Heart Valve Summit, we’re going to answer a great question from Pamela. In her Facebook post, Pamela asks, “When should the mitral valve be repaired?”

To answer Pamela’s question, I was very fortunate to connect with Dr. Marc Gillinov from the Cleveland Clinic. So you know, Dr. Gillinov is a valve guru having performed over 5,000 heart valve procedures during his career. Dr. Gillinov is also the co-author of Heart 411. And, Dr. Gillinov has successfully treated over 100 patients from our community! 🙂

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Surgeon Q&A: “How Durable Is A Heart Valve Repair Ring?” asks Diane

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

During our recent “Ask Me Anything” video series, I received a great question from Diane McKee. In her email, Diane writes, “I had a mitral valve repair 20 years ago. Is the heart valve repair ring going to last a life span?”

To answer Diane’s question about annuoloplasty ring durability, I met with Dr. Steven Bolling, who is the Director of the Mitral Valve Clinic at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Here is Dr. Bolling’s response:

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Yes Karen! We Just Launched A MitraClip Microsite!

Friday, September 25th, 2015

I’ve shared the wonderful MitraClip success story of Kato Pomer before.

However… I’ve been much less vocal about the success story of Karen Pomer, Kato’s daughter. If you didn’t know… It was Karen who tenaciously advocated for her 92-year old mother to receive the MitraClip, in 2009, when the device was still in a clinical trial. (Originally, Kato was told that she did not qualify to participate in the clinical trial.)

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Inside Access: What Should All Patients Know About the Mitral Conclave?

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Did you know that over 1,000 surgeons and cardiologists recently met in New York City for the Mitral Conclave conference? Curious to know why and how this extraordinary, two-day event is transforming heart valve therapy?

To answer these questions, I filmed this video to take you inside the… Mitral Conclave.

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Patient Success Week: Thanks to Her Dad’s Memory, Sophie Got the Screening & Treatment She Needed!

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

After the unfortunate loss of her dad to a heart attack, Sophie Marsh decided it was time to see a cardiologist for a heart disease screening. The test results surprised Sophie, Geoff, her husband, and their two daughters.

Even though Sophie had no symptoms, her echocardiogram revealed that Sophie had severe mitral regurgitation and severe tricuspid regurgitation. This is Sophie’s story…

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Patient Success Week: From a Cardiac Arrest to Running Across the Finish Line, This is Brian’s Story

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

A cardiac arrest. A medical coma. A mitral valve prolapse. An enlarged heart.

A will to live. A family to love. A desire to run.

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

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

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!

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