Adam’s Heart Valve Surgery Blog

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No Heart Transplant for Michele, Thanks to the MitraClip!

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 that her medical team was evaluating a heart transplant to save her life.

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



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Surgeon Q&A: What Should Patients Know About Aortic Regurgitation?

By Adam Pick on January 17, 2019

Over the past several months, I’ve noticed a steady rise in the number of patients at the community who are diagnosed with aortic regurgitation.   That said, I wanted to create new educational resource to help patients with a leaking aortic valve.



For this reason, I met with Dr. Allan Stewart, the Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute in Miami, Florida.  As you may know, Dr. Stewart has successfully treated over 300 patients from our community including Christine Pittelli and Pedro Mejias.  Specific to the topic of aortic regurgitation, Dr. Stewart is an aortic valve specialist.

Here are the highlights of my discussion with Dr. Stewart about the causes, the symptoms and his preferred treatment of aortic valve regurgitation.



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Sara Educates & Inspires 38,443 People About Heart Valve Surgery!

By Adam Pick on January 17, 2019

I need to take a quick minute to thank Sara Colosimo for sharing her journey to a healthy heart with our community!!!  If you have yet to visit Sara’s Heart Valve Journal, now is your chance.


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New Study: Heart Surgery Not Linked to Memory Decline

By Adam Pick on January 17, 2019

Over the years, we’ve had several discussions about cognitive issues following heart surgery. Several patients in our community have complained of “pumphead”.  Patients often describe pumphead as forgetfulness and/or memory loss that is potentially attributable to heart-lung machine use during open-heart procedures.  At the same time, many patients in our community have not noticed any changes in mental capabilities following heart surgery.


Memory Decline After Heart Surgery


For this reason, I continue to search for more information about post-operative brain function so that we can all learn more.  That said, I just came across a new study that was recently published in the The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

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Doctor Q&A: “What Criteria Do Surgeons Use to Choose a Heart Valve Replacement?” asks Peter

By Adam Pick on December 17, 2018

I just received a great question from Peter about heart valve replacement devices. Peter asked me, “Hi Adam – I have moderate-to-severe aortic stenosis and I will need surgery soon. I’m curious to know… How do surgeons select a valve replacement for me?  It seems like there are so many choices our there – mechanical, tissue, sutureless valves, that new INSPIRIS valve and TAVR.  What are the key criteria the docs use to choose a valve replacement. Can you please ask a surgeon for me? Thanks, Peter”


(Sources: Abbott, Cryolife, Edwards Lifesciences)


This is a phenomenal and VERY appropriate question. For patients with diseased heart valves that are beyond repair, it is so critical that you and your surgeon are on the “same page” when it comes to valve selection given the different types of valve that are available today.

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