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

With 7,200 New Likes in 72 Hours, Our Facebook Page Grows To 260,000 Members!

Thanks to you… I’m happy to share that the Facebook Page just reached 260,000 members!

In the last 72 hours alone, we welcomed over 7,200 new members to our community.



If you have yet to visit our Facebook page, you can check it out here. As you will see, the HVS Facebook page is great way to connect with patients and learn about valvular disorders and therapies. Plus, we love celebrating inspirational patient stories.

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Will 3D Printed Heart Valves Improve Patient Outcomes?

I can not keep up with all the new advances in heart valve therapy.  In the last 24 hours, I learned about FDA approvals for the Avalus heart valve by Medtronic and the Inspiris Resilia by Edwards Lifesciences.  I also came across a fascinating story about 3D printing and heart valve replacements.



According to a new study published in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology and Piedmont Heart Institute, may have found new ways to enhance transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) performance using 3D printing technologies.

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Thanks For Your Condolences & Your Prayers For My Dad, Jerry Pick

On Friday… I lost a hero, a great friend and my dad at the same time.

After a long and ruthless battle against Corticobasal Degeneration (CBD), my dad, Jerry Pick, re-discovered comfort and peace.  At 77 years young, angels swooped down upon his home to disconnect and lift his spirit from a body that had failed him.


Jerry Pick (1940-2017)


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Thanks to the MitraClip, Kato Celebrates Her 100th Birthday!

This is an amazing woman. At 92, Kato Pomer was on the brink of death due to severe mitral regurgitation. Then… Thanks to the love and tenacity of Karen, her daughter, Kato enrolled in a clinical trial for the MitraClip at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.

Now, 8 years later, Kato just turned 100 years young! She was recently featured on ABC news in Los Angeles.



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Project ImaValve: Can A Heart Valve Repair Itself?

There is an outright explosion of medical advances specific to heart valve devices. In this edition of “Medical Wow!”, I’d like to introduce you to Project ImaValve.



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