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

4 Hobbies to Make You Happy After Surgery

Now is the time to maximize your longevity and invigorate your vitality by finding activities that nourish your soul. As you recover from surgery, ask yourself what you’ve always wanted to do or what you want to do more of. There are plenty of hobbies that don’t require too much physical exertion and can be great for stimulating your mind.

Recovery Hobbies for Heart Surgery Patients

Whether you want to make great memories by sharing these activities with your family or want to find some time for yourself, this is your life, and it’s time to live it.

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Consumer Reports Releases 400 Hospital Rankings for Heart Surgery

Finding a great surgeon and experienced cardiac center is beyond critical for patients needing heart valve surgery. However, the process of acquiring trusted and reliable information about medical providers can sometimes be an uphill battle.

So… In case you missed the recent announcement, Consumer Reports just published their first-ever rankings for heart surgery programs in the United States. In total, over 400 hospitals are included in Consumer Reports’ list. To read the whole story, click here.

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Free eBook: Download “Timing Heart Valve Surgery” by Dr. McCarthy, Dr. Bonow & Me

Amazing!!! Last week, over 150 patients connected live during our special webinar, “Timing Heart Valve Surgery”, with Dr. McCarthy, Dr. Bonow and myself.

In case you missed it… You can now download the free 51-page eBook by clicking here.

Webinar eBook - Timing Heart Valve Surgery

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

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.

Many thanks to Ray and all of the people of the U.S. Armed Forces — past, present and future — for their courage, their bravery, and their resolve to protect this country.

Happy Veteran’s Day!
Adam

Patient Success Story: Shannon Delivers Baby Ava After A Mechanical Valve Replacement!

There is nothing better than a great patient success story. So, when I received this update from Shannon about babies, bicuspid aortic valves, mechanical valve replacements and Coumadin, I just had to post it. Here is what Shannon wrote to me…

Hey Adam!

I know it has been some time since I last wrote to you with an update.  I’m not even sure where I left off last time.  =)  Quick recap:  I had an aortic aneurysm repair done in May 2009 at Emory University Hospital.  Shortly after this surgery, I wrote you looking for advice on getting pregnant with a bicuspid aortic valve.  WELL…..  I am happy to report that it was very possible!  I gave birth to my son in March 2011!  I had no complications but was monitored VERY closely by my excellent team of doctors in Tallahassee, Florida.  (I did have a scheduled C-section.)

Mechanical Valve Replacement - Pregnancy SuccessShannon with Tanner and Ava

Shortly after Tanner’s first birthday, I started experiencing some breathing complications.  It was determined that it was time to replace my aortic valve.  After a lot of thought and prayers, my family and I decided that it would be best to get a mechanical valve since this was my second open heart surgery in three years.

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