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One Thumb-Up, A Red Pillow & 9,500 Facebook Likes for John!

By Adam Pick on March 19, 2019

Unbelievable!

I’m talking about you!  Yes, you!  And, all wonderful patients in our community!

Your support for each other continues to inspire me beyond belief.  For example… You may have seen at John’s Heart Valve Journal that he just had successful mitral, tricuspid and atrial fibrillation surgery.  After being discharged, John posted this smiling photo of his early recovery at his journal.

 

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Low-Risk TAVR Clinical Trial Results Released

By Adam Pick on March 17, 2019

Finally!  We have results for one of the most talked about heart valve clinical trials at HeartValveSurgery.com!

On Friday, at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) conference in New Orleans, the results for the low-risk, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) were released.

As for the results… Drum roll please…

 

 

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“Are Bicuspid Aortic Valves Passed From Maternal or Paternal Relatives?” asks Sue

By Adam Pick on March 14, 2019

A very interesting question from Sue just came in about the genetics of heart valve disease including bicuspid aortic valves.  Sue writes to me, “Hi Adam, Since there appears to be hereditary factors involved in aortic valve disease… Does it come from maternal or paternal relatives? (or in my case, probably both?) Thanks!”

 

Genetics of Bicuspid Aortic Valves

 

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Don’t Miss the “Advances in Mitral Valve Therapy” Webinar Today

By Adam Pick on March 13, 2019

[Update: This webinar occurred on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.  We will be posting a video playback and eBook for the webinar shortly. So, stay tuned!]

You guys and gals are AMAZING!!!

Registration for our “Advances in Mitral Valve Therapy” webinar exceeded all expectations! In just 5 days, over 439 patients registered for this special event. Featured speakers include Dr. Clyde Yancy, the former President of the American Heart Association, and Dr. Charles Davidson, the Professor of Cardiology at Northwestern Medicine.

 

 

Keep on tickin!
Adam

Mitral Valve Webinar Alert! Patient Registrations Soar!

By Adam Pick on March 10, 2019

[Update: This webinar occurred on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.  We will be posting a video playback and eBook for the webinar shortly. So, stay tuned!]

Wow!  Double Wow!  Triple Wow!

Patient registrations for our “Advances in Mitral Valve Therapy” webinar soared past 300 patients.  That said, I quickly increased space for this special community event that will be held this Wednesday, March 13, at 5pm CST.  We’re now at 389 patient registrations!!!

 

Click To Sign Up For Mitral Valve Webinar

 

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Patient Webinar: “Advances in Mitral Valve Therapy” with Dr. Yancy, Dr. Davidson & Me

By Adam Pick on March 6, 2019

[Update: This webinar occurred on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.  We will be posting a video playback and eBook for the webinar shortly. So, stay tuned!]

What are the newest technologies and procedures treating mitral valve disease WITHOUT open heart surgery?

Find out when Dr. Clyde Yancy, former President of the American Heart Association, and Dr. Charles Davidson, Professor of Cardiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, join me for a FREE one-hour webinar, “Advances in Mitral Valve Therapy”, next Wednesday, March 13, at 5pm CST.

Space is limited to the first 100 registrants.

 

Click To Sign Up For Mitral Valve Therapy Advances Webinar

 

Also… During the webinar, we will also have a live “Questions & Answers” session where YOU can ask your questions directly to Drs. Yancy and Davidson.  This is going to be great!

Keep on tickin!
Adam

The Aortic Stenosis “Danger Zone” Is Here

By Adam Pick on March 4, 2019

I just spoke with a patient who was recently diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis.  The nature of our discussion was a bit concerning.  So, I wanted to relay the ideas exchanged during our call for all of us to reflect upon and potentially learn from.

To start, the patient is in her golden years and flat-out terrified by the idea of heart surgery.  She said to me, “Adam, I may just pass on the operation and live out my days.  I don’t really feel sick.  Just a little tired on walks.”  She continued with fear in her voice and said hesitantly, “Will… I… Be… Okay?”

 


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Now That’s A License Plate!

By Adam Pick on February 21, 2019

To whomever is driving this car around Los Angeles, California,

I’d just like to say, “Thank You!” for making my day! And, “Thank You!” for raising awareness to heart valve disease!

 

 
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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.

 

 

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