Adam’s Heart Valve Surgery Blog

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Medtronic Joins HeartValveSurgery.com Community to Educate & Empower Patients!

By Adam Pick on July 15, 2020

On behalf of our patient community, I am excited to announce that Medtronic, one of the world’s largest medical device companies and a leading heart valve manufacturer, is officially joining the HeartValveSurgery.com community to help educate and empower patients!

 

 
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Mother & Son Share Special Heart Surgery Bond Thanks to Dr. Marc Gillinov!

By Adam Pick on June 17, 2020

There is nothing better than an extraordinary patient success story.  For example, this story of Kathy Chelton, Carter Chelton (her son), and Dr. Marc Gillinov (their surgeon) made me smile from ear-to-ear.  Here is what Kathy, from Liberty, Missouri, wrote to me:

My 18-year old son, Carter, was released from Cleveland Clinic today!  Dr. Marc Gillinov performed his mitral valve repair surgery.  It went very well!

Dr. Gillinov also performed mitral and tricuspid valve repair surgery for me in 2017.  Not the mother/son bond I wanted, but here we are!  Dr. Gillinov is amazing, as is the well-oiled machine here in Cleveland.

 

Kathy, Carter & Dr. Marc Gillinov

 
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Advances in Bicuspid Aortic Valve Therapy Webinar (Free eBook & Video)

By Adam Pick on June 14, 2020

Amazing!!!

Our webinar, “Advances in Bicuspid Aortic Valve Therapy”, set new records for patient attendance and participation.  We had 239 patients online together for this educational event with Dr. Chris Malaisrie and Dr. Jyothy Puthumana, the co-directors of the Bicuspid Aortic Valve Program at Northwestern Medicine.

 

 

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Patient Webinar: “Advances in Bicuspid Aortic Valve Therapy” with Dr. Malaisrie, Dr. Puthumana & Me

By Adam Pick on June 4, 2020

[Update: The Bicuspid Aortic Valve Webinar held on June 10, 2020 was an extraordinary success with 239 patients connected in real-time. You can now download a free eBook or watch the video recording of the webinar at this link.]

Great news!

I’m excited to announce that our LIVE and FREE patient education events continues next Wednesday, June 10, with a special “Advances in Bicuspid Aortic Valve Treatment” webinar.  Featured speakers include Dr. Chris Malaisrie, cardiac surgeon and co-director of the Bicuspid Aortic Valve Program at Northwestern Medicine, and Dr. Jyothy Puthumana, cardiologist and co-director of the Bicuspid Aortic Valve Program at Northwestern Medicine.

 

 

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After Ross Procedure Success, Elizabeth Runs to Support Heart Disease Patients!

By Adam Pick on May 26, 2020

When courageous patients transform medical lemons into lemonade, I want you to know about it.

Eizabeth Boylan is a perfect example.  An athlete, wife and mother from Canada, Elizabeth was born with a bicuspid aortic valve.  Like many patients, Elizabeth knew she may need surgery in the future and was in “watchful waiting” for many years.  That, however, did not stop Elizabeth’s passion for running.

 

 

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A Safe “New Normal” for Cardiac Surgical Appointments during COVID-19

By Adam Pick on May 21, 2020

As Lao Tzu, a Chinese philosopher, once said, “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality.”

Unfortunately, COVID-19 is now our unexpected reality.  At times, that is hard to accept.  At times, it’s challenging not to think back to the way it was.  At times, I wonder if Lao Tzu lived through a pandemic.  Regardless, we must move forward. We must evolve.

 

Patient Being Examined During COVID-19 (Northwestern Medicine)

 

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We’re #2 On The “Top Heart Blog & Websites” Rankings For 2020!

By Adam Pick on May 20, 2020

Thanks to the wonderful support of patients, their family members and friends, I am happy to report that HeartValveSurgery.com achieved the #2 ranking in FeedSpot’s 2020 Top Heart Blogs & Websites.  

This is such an extraordinary honor considering all the great cardiac websites out there!

 

 

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Ethan’s Graduating From Elementary School!

By Adam Pick on May 20, 2020

In this Proud Papa Moment, I am happy to share that Ethan, my 11-year old son, who many of you have come to know over the years… Is graduating from elementary school!!!!!

 


 

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Ed Can Walk Up Stairs Again Thanks to a Mitral Valve & Maze Procedure!

By Adam Pick on April 28, 2020

He was short of breath.  He could not walk up stairs.  He was afraid.  Then, Edward Clinton ended up in the emergency room.

Ed suffered from mitral regurgitation, a leaking heart valve, and atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm.  To get help, Ed met with Dr. Patrick McCarthy, a leading cardiac surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.  Dr. McCarthy recommended a “concomitant” procedure to help Ed.  During a concomitant procedure, Dr. McCarthy would treat Ed’s leaking mitral valve and the AFib in one operation.

This is Ed’s story…

 

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Over 3,000 Heart Valve Patient Surveys Completed! Thank You!

By Adam Pick on April 28, 2020

Thanks to the AMAZING patients in our community!!!!

Because of you, I am happy to report that over 3,000 patients completed the Heart Valve Patient Survey during the last four days.

This community of wonderful people continues to inspire me as we share our experiences, support each other and help future patients along our collective journey to healthy hearts

 

 

Again, thank you!!!

Keep on tickin!

Adam

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