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: How Did 4D-MRI Help John Time His Heart Surgery?

Timing heart valve surgery can be tricky for cardiologists, for surgeons and, ultimately, for patients.  For this reason, doctors and medical device companies are working together to develop next-generation technologies to determine the right time to operate or to continue “watchful waiting”.

I wanted to learn more about this topic, so I met with John Pascarella from Frankfort, Illinois.  John was unexpectedly diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis, a bicuspid aortic valve and an aortic aneurysm during a Medicare physical.  Interestingly, John was not rushed into surgery.  Instead, Dr. Chris Malaisrie, a leading cardiac surgeon at Northwestern Medicine, used Four Dimensional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (4D-MRI) to watch John closely until surgery was needed.  This is John’s story…

 

 

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Our Videos Rocket Past 1.2 Million Playbacks!

This is unexpected…

I just learned that the 125+ educational videos we created for the patients and the caregivers in our community just surged past 1,200,000 views in our YouTube Channel.  Woo-Whoo!!!

What makes this milestone so interesting and (wonderful) is that we have not advertised any of our videos.  That’s right!  We have not paid for a single playback since launch.

 

 

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Before-and-After Surgery: Tim’s Mitral Valve Reveal

Have you ever wanted to see what a mitral valve looks like before-and-after it’s repaired?

Well… Thanks to Tim Martin, a patient who just had mitral valve repair surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta, here’s your chance!

 

 

As you can see, an annuloplasty ring was used to support the supporting structure of the mitral valve.  You can also see how the leaflets of the mitral valve are now coming together to prevent leakage across the valve.

Pretty amazing, right?

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Julie’s Smiling Scar Selfie Goes Viral!

Thanks to Julie…  I’m having another “Holy Moly” moment.

What happened?  First, I saw an inspirational Smiling Scar Selfie from Julie Gerard posted at our community.  Julie just had a mitral valve repair procedure on April 19.  I loved the photo. So, I shared it at Facebook.  Then… Julie went viral.  In less than 24 hours, Julie’s picture received over 5,000 social shares, 400+ encouraging comments, and directly reached over 41,000 people around the world.

 

 

Many thanks to Julie for sharing her Smiling Scar Selfie with our community!  And, thanks to you for supporting Julie as she recovers from heart valve surgery!

Keep on tickin’ Julie!
Adam

“How Can Robots Advance Heart Valve Surgery?” asks Diane

This patient community is fantastic.  The questions I’ve received lately are wonderful and very detailed.  I know that you, or the loved one you care for, are taking patient advocacy to a new level!

As we saw in this patient success story, many patients are doing their homework specific to mitral valve repair and the various techniques used by surgeons and cardiologists used to treat mitral regurgitation.  Recently, I had a phone call with Diane.  She said, “Adam, I want to learn more about robotics for mitral valve repair?”

To educate Diane and our community, I jumped at the opportunity to connect with Dr. Vinay Badhwar, who is the Professor and Executive Chair of the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. Dr. Badhwar is a community favorite that has cared for our patients and supported our educational initiatives.  Here’s what Dr. Badhwar shared with me:

 

 

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