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Grab Some Popcorn! Dr. Fedak Is Ted Talking!

By Adam Pick on February 17, 2019

I’m a big fan of Dr. Paul Fedak from Calgary.

If you have not heard that name before… Dr. Fedak is a well-respected surgeon, an inventor, a big-time researcher of bicuspid aortic valves, and an ongoing supporter of this community.


Dr. Paul Fedak


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Mava’s Smiling Scar Selfie Inspires 7,300 Facebook Likes!

By Adam Pick on February 16, 2019

Many, many, many thanks to Mava Reif, from Saint Cloud, Florida, for inspiring our community!

So you know… Mava was unexpectedly diagnosed with severe mitral valve regurgitation.  Her symptoms included fatigue and shortness of breath but she was “shocked” to learn that she needed heart surgery.  Thankfully, Mava located Dr. Kevin Accola at AdventHealth in Orlando, Florida.



Mava underwent mitral valve surgery on February 5, 2019.  According to Mava, the surgery “went without a hinch”.  Once her surgical bandages were removed, she shared this awesome Smiling Scar Selfie at her heart valve journal.  After we re-posted the picture at Facebook, Mava’s picture went viral and received over 7,300 Facebook Likes.

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12 Surgeons Help Me Film 20 Videos at STS!

By Adam Pick on February 6, 2019

On behalf of our patient community, I want to thank the 12 surgeons who helped me film an educational video series at The Society of Thoracic Surgeons meeting in San Diego. I was really humbled that so many awesome surgeons came together to film videos about heart valve disorders, atrial fibrillationcoronary artery disease and aortic aneurysms.

The surgeons who participated in the shoot included Dr. Vinay Badhwar, Dr. Husam Balkhy, Dr. Steve Bolling, Dr. Luis Castro, Dr Steve Hoff, Dr. Marc Gerdisch, Dr. Katharine Harrington, Dr. Patrick McCarthy, Dr. Matt Romano, Dr. Eric Roselli, and Dr. Richard Shemin. That said, I thought you might like to see a few pictures from this amazing shoot!

Here’s Dr. Vinay Badhwar from WVU Heart & Vascular Institute:

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Let’s Go Red for Women!

By Adam Pick on February 1, 2019

If you didn’t know, American Heart Month kicked off today.  To get things going, February 1 is always National Wear Red Day in support of the “Go Red for Women” campaign.  The goal of this awesome day is to raise awareness to heart disease and unite communities that are fighting for the eradication of heart disease and stroke.



That said, I couldn’t resist putting on the one red thing I own in support of the “Go Red for Women” initiative.

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Thanks to the MitraClip, Michele Will Not Need a Heart Transplant!

By Adam Pick on January 24, 2019

Michele’s life was in jeopardy due to heart failure from severe mitral regurgitation.  She was so sick, her medical team was evaluating a heart transplant to save her life.

Then, Michele heard about the MitraClip.  This is her story…



How great is that?

I mean… Come on… How great is allllll of that?  Michele’s story… Her recovery… The COAPT Trial… And, the possibility of helping so many heart failure patients with the MitraClip!!!

I am so thankful that I had the chance to meet Michele and film her amazing story.  I wish her all the best as she returns to Western dancing, going to the gym and sitting around campfires.


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