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Patient Webinar: “Advances in Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement” with Dr. Herrmann, Dr. Li & Me!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: January 27, 2023

I’m excited to announce that our FREE and LIVE patient education events continue this Thursday, February 2 at 6pm EST, with a special webinar, “Advances in Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement”.  Featured speakers include Dr. Howard Herrmann, Director of Interventional Cardiology, and Dr. Robert Li, Co-Director of the TAVR Program, at Penn Medicine Heart and Vascular Center.

Space is limited to the first 100 registrants. Click here to sign-up now!

 

Advances in TAVR Webinar

 

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“What About Ross Procedure Reoperations for the Aortic & Pulmonary Valves?” asks Joe

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: January 26, 2023

Given the renewed interest for the Ross Procedure – from patients in our community – I’m getting lots of excellent questions about this advanced form of aortic valve replacement. For example, Joe asked me, “Is it more common for the aortic valve or pulmonary valve to fail?” and “If the aortic or pulmonary valve fails, can a transcatheter valve replace the failing valve without an open-heart procedure?”

To answer Joe’s questions, I interviewed Dr. Michael Ibrahim, a leading heart surgeon at Penn Medicine Heart and Vascular Center, who has performed over 2,000 heart valve operations.

Click here to watch my interview with Dr. Ibrahim about Ross Procedure reoperations.

 

Ross Procedure Reoperations with Dr. Michael Ibrahim

 

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Heart Valve Experts Reunite at STS Conference!!!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: January 23, 2023

For the first time since 2020, the world’s leading heart valve experts gathered “in-person” this weekend for the 59th Annual Meeting of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) in San Diego, California. The STS Conference brought together thousands of doctors, medical companies and researchers to discuss the latest advances in heart valve surgery and other cardiac conditions.

 

STS Conference 2023

 
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“Can Dacron Grafts Calcify After Aortic Valve & Aneurysm Surgery?” asks Nikki

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: January 19, 2023

I just received several great questions form Nikki about the Dacron grafts that may be used during heart valve surgery to replace a life-threatening aortic aneurysm. Nikki asked me, “Hi, Adam. My son had a bicuspid aortic valve repair and an aneurysm repair with a Dacron graft. Will this graft last forever or does it eventually calcify? Will he eventually require another operation during his lifetime?”

To answer Nikki’s questions, I interviewed Dr. Kevin Accola, a leading heart surgeon at AdventHealth in Florida who has performed over 14,000 cardiac procedures.

Click here to watch my interview with Dr. Accola about Dacron grafts, aneurysms and aortic valve repair.

 

Dacron Grafts After Aortic Valve Surgery with Dr. Kevin Accola

 

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Janet Gets Successful Mitral Valve Repair Surgery!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: January 17, 2023

I love hearing patient success stories from our community!

For example… I just interviewed Janet Peterson, a retired accountant from Wadesville, Indiana, about her successful, minimally-invasive mitral valve repair surgery. It was great to learn why and how Janet got a mitral valve repair surgery given her severely leaky heart valve.

Click here to watch Janet and Dr. Marc Gerdisch, her surgeon, share critical insights about mitral valve repair surgery.

 

Mitral Valve Repair Patient Success Story - Dr. Marc Gerdisch

 
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Surgeon Q&A: Atrial Fibrilation & Amiodarone After Heart Surgery

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: January 10, 2023

I just received a great question from Claudia about atrial fibrillation and the use of Amiodarone after heart valve surgery. In her email, Claudia asks me, “Hi Adam, I had mitral valve repair surgery two weeks ago. I had an atrial fibrillation episode after the operation. What is the usual amount of time patients stay on Amiodarone?”

To answer Claudia’s question, I just interviewed Dr. Douglas Johnston, the Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. Click here to see my interview with Dr. Douglas Johnston.

 

Dr. Douglas Johnston - Atrial fibrillation & Amiodarone
 
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Did Heart Valve Disease Cause Damar Hamlin’s Cardiac Arrest?

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: January 6, 2023

My thoughts and prayers remain with Damar Hamlin, 24, defensive back of the Buffalo Bills. As you may have seen, Damar experienced a cardiac arrest while making a tackle during Monday’s football game between the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals.

The great news is that the latest medical reports suggest that Hamlin’s condition is improving.  According to CNN, doctors say Hamlin has shown “remarkable improvement” in the last 24 hours and is “neurologically intact”. Hamlin has been in the intensive care unit since he was taken from the field.

 

Damar Hamlin Buffalo Bills Cardiac ArrestDamar Hamlin (Buffalo Bills)

 
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Happy Holidays!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: December 23, 2022

Dear Patients and Friends,

On behalf of Robyn, my wife, and Ethan, our son, I want to wish you a very safe, healthy and happy holidays!
 

Happy Holidays!
 
All the best in 2023!
Adam

Mike Mussallem, CEO of Edwards Lifesciences for 22 Years, Announces Retirement

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Page last updated: January 2, 2023

On behalf of our patient community, I would like to extend an extraordinary “Congratulations!” to Mike Mussallem, the CEO of Edwards Lifesciences, on the announcement of his upcoming retirement in May, 2023. I also need to extend a mighty “Thank You!” to Mike for his life-long commitment and dedication to advancing heart valve disease treatment.

 

Mike Mussallem Edwards Lifesciences CEO Retirement

 

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Mike Gabler, Heart Valve Specialist, Wins Survivor!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: December 15, 2022

Congratulations to Mike Gabler, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) specialist at Edwards Lifesciences, for winning Survivor 43!!!

 

Mike Gabler Survivor 43 Winner

 

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Heart Valve Surgery Complications: What Should Patients Know?

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: December 13, 2022

Complications after heart valve surgery can be confusing, scary and frustrating for patients, their family members and friends. For this reason, we just interviewed Dr. Joanna Chikwe, the Chair of Cardiac Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.

Click here to see the “Top 5 Complications After Heart Valve Surgery”.

 

Heart Surgery Complications

 
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We Help Johann Get a Healthy Heart!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: December 8, 2022

Dear Patients and Friends,

Thanks to your support of the HeartValveSurgery.com community, I am happy to share that we just sponsored the life-saving heart surgery of Johann, a courageous 7-year-old boy from the city of Cebu in the Philippines.

 

Johan - Heart Surgery Patient SponsorshipJohann (Heart Surgery Patient)

 
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Breaking News: U2’s Bono Reveals Life-Saving Heart Valve Surgery In New Book!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: November 30, 2022

U2 is my favorite rock band.

So… As a die-hard fan, I think I know a good amount of trivia about Bono, U2’s singer. However, my eyebrows just shot to the top of my head when I learned that Bono had heart valve surgery!

Click Here to See Bono’s Heart Valve Surgery Story.

 

Bono Heart Valve & Aneurysm Surgery

 

Keep on tickin’ Bono!
Adam

Saint Alphonsus Heart Institute Joins Our Community!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: November 29, 2022

I am very excited to announce that Saint Alphonsus Heart Institute in Boise, Idaho just became the newest sponsor of HeartValveSurgery.com.

 

Saint Alphonsus Heart Institute

 
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Surgeon Roundtable: 6 Mitral Valve Surgery Myths Busted!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: November 16, 2022

When diagnosed with mitral valve disease, patients can be confused and misinformed about how to get the best treatment. To make matters worse, many cardiologists DO NOT know the latest research and techniques used to treat broken mitral valves.

For this reason, I hosted a “Surgeon Roundtable” with Dr. Michael Acker, Dr. Pavan Atluri and Dr. Michael Ibrahim from Penn Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During this special interview, these leading cardiac surgeons debunked 6 mitral valve surgery myths to help you get the best outcome!

Click here to watch the “6 Mitral Valve Surgery Myths Busted!”. 

 

Mitral Valve Surgery Myths Debunked

 
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WakeMed Heart & Vascular Joins Our Community!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: November 15, 2022

I am very excited to announce that WakeMed Heart & Vascular in Raleigh, North Carolina, just became the newest heart valve surgery center to join us at HeartValveSurgery.com.

 

WakeMed Joins HeartValveSurgery.com

 
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Take the Aortic Stenosis Patient Survey!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: November 10, 2022

[Update: Thanks to our wonderful patient community, our survey is now complete.]

Can I ask you a quick favor? To help future patients, I want to learn how people diagnosed with aortic stenosis get educated about their disease, treatment options and recovery.

That said, I would LOVE to hear your feedback on four new educational videos about aortic stenosis. If you have been diagnosed with aortic stenosis and you have not had an operation yet, will you please take the survey?

 

Aortic Stenosis Patient Survey

 

In advance, thanks so much for your help!

I really appreciate it!

Keep on tickin!
Adam

We Achieve #1 Ranking on Feedspot’s Top 60 Heart Websites for Second Consecutive Year!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Page last updated: November 6, 2022

Dear Patients and Friends,

Making a difference in the lives of heart valve patients has nothing to do with a website ranking. Alternatively, making a difference has everything to do with helping others in their time of need.

That said, I am honored to share that HeartValveSurgery.com has been named the #1 website on Feedspot’s “Top 60 Cardiology & Heart Disease Blogs” for the second consecutive year.

 

HeartValveSurgery.com #1 Heart Blog
 
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“What About Pumphead After Heart Surgery?” asks Tom

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate & Author
Published: November 3, 2022

I received a great question from Tom about “Pumphead” after heart surgery. In his email to me, Tom asked me, “Hi Adam, What is the truth about Pumphead? I have read conflicting reports about whether or not the heart-lung machine is potentially responsible for post-operative cognitive issues including confusion, anxiety, and forgetfulness.”

To provide Tom an expert response to this important question, I contacted Dr. Junaid Khan, a leading cardiac surgeon at Sutter Health Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland, California. During his career, Dr. Khan has performed over 4,000 cardiac procedure with more than 2,000 operations involving heart valve repair and replacement operations.

Click here to see our exclusive interview with Dr. Khan about Pumphead.

 

Pumphead After Heart Surgery

 
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I Test Positive For COVID-19

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate & Author
Published: November 2, 2022

For the first time since the pandemic began, I tested positive for COVID-19 last Friday.

So you know, I did get the Pfizer vaccine. I also got each of the three boosters. Interestingly, I got the Bivalent Omicron COVID-19 Booster just two weeks ago.

 

Abbott BinaxNow Covid 19 Test Positive

 
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