Adam's Heart Valve Surgery Blog

Get the latest news, patient advice and insights about heart valve surgery from Adam Pick, patient, author and website founder

Technology Update: What Should Patients Know About Transcatheter Mitral Valve Therapy?

I get a lot of great questions and phone calls about transcatheter mitral valve therapy. So, at the recent Heart Valve Summit, I sat down with Dr. Steven Bolling to help all of us learn the latest updates about transcatheter mitral valve repair and replacement technologies.

Why Dr. Bolling? Well… Dr. Steve Bolling is the Director of the Mitral Valve Center at the University of Michigan. During his career, Dr. Bolling has performed over 5,000 heart valve procedures. You should also know that Dr. Bolling has been a huge supporter of our community and Dr. Bolling has successfully treated bunches of patients from our community including Jeff Adams, George Parrish and Linda Comai. Here’s the highlights from my interview with Dr. Bolling:

 

 

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This 91-Year Old Patient & Dr. Mack Did What???

One thing I love about being a part of this community is seeing and hearing wonderful patient stories. I often tell Robyn, my wife, I’m constantly “TMI’d” by this community. (So you know, the acronym TMI, in our family, means touched, moved and inspired. 🙂 )

Well… I was just TMI’d again thanks to Tony Taddeo, a 91-year old heart valve patient, and Dr. Michael Mack, his cardiac surgeon. If you are ready for a little TMI, please watch Tony’s video below:

 

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Free eBook: What are the Latest Advances in Transcatheter Heart Valve Therapy?

Great news! Our webinar, “Advances in Transcatheter Heart Valve Surgery”, was amazing! During this online event, over 150 patients connected live with Dr. McCarthy, Dr. Davidson, Dr. Malaisrie and me.  

If you missed the webinar, you can now download the free eBook by clicking here.

Transcatheter Heart Valve eBook

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CDC Update: What Should You Know About Heater Cooler Machines, Infections & Heart Surgery?

In case you missed it… There was a very important CDC update recently that addressed a potential link between heater cooler machines and infections for heart surgery patients. My goal with this post is not to alarm you. Instead, with the help of Dr. Raymond Singer, chief of cardiac surgery at Lehigh Valley Health System, and the CDC, I want to educate you about this development.

That said, I filmed this video with Dr. Singer to discuss several key points that patients should know about heater cooler units and a potential infection that results from nontuberculous mycobacteria. For more, watch this video…

 

 

In addition to the Dr. Singer’s comments, I also wanted to share this video that was posted by the CDC about heater cooler machines and the potential bacteria that may infect heart valves.

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What Does Your Aortic Valve Look Like in 3D?

I’m just getting back from the Heart Valve Summit in Chicago. It’s an amazing conference where hundreds of surgeons, cardiologists, nurses and medical device companies gather to discuss the best practices for heart valve management and therapy.

While there, I was very lucky to see how 3D echocardiograms are helping doctors before, during and after surgery. As you will hear from Christine Wagner, a product application specialist with Philips Ultrasound, these images were taken using a transesophageal echocardiogram, also known as a 3D-TEE.

Thanks so much to Christine and Philips for all the great work they are doing to help the surgeons help us patients!!!

Keep on tickin!
Adam

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