Adam Pick, Author of the Heart Valve Surgery Blog

Adam’s Heart Valve Surgery Blog

Get the latest news, patient advice and insights about heart valve surgery from Adam Pick, patient, author and website founder

Is This “Love Cat” with 3 Furry Hearts Trying to Tell Us Something?

By Adam Pick on October 22, 2020

I think you and I would agree that 2020 has been brutal.  First, a pandemic.  Then, economic fall-out.  Riots. Fires. A chaotic presidential election here in America.  It doesn’t seem to stop.

During these difficult times, I look for just about anything to conjure good feelings for my wife (who lost her job), my son (who spends 7 hours a days on Zoom), our family, friends, and the patients in our community (who are fighting a war against heart valve disease).

So… When I saw the picture below…


Cat with Three Hearts In Fur


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Take the Heart Valve Clinical Trial Survey for Patients!

By Adam Pick on October 13, 2020

[October 19, 2020 Update:  Thanks so much to the patient community for responding to this survey.  We have received many more survey responses than expected and, as a result, are not accepting any more survey responses.  To participate in future patient surveys, sign up to our newsletter at this link.]

Hi Patients!

Can I ask you a quick favor?

I’ve received lots of great questions about clinical trials for heart valve disease. To help patients, I want to learn how I can better educate patients about clinical trials. That said, I would LOVE to hear your thoughts!  Click here to take the survey!


Nurse Holding Clipboard with Heart Valve Clinical Trial Survey


Keep on tickin!

Amazing! Jerome Flashes a Heart-Felt “Thumbs-Up” From the ICU!

By Adam Pick on October 7, 2020

How far will the wonderful patients in our community go to inspire one another?

Well… I’d say that Jerome Hill, a bicuspid aortic valve patient, can provide a visual answer to that question. Here’s Jerome, just a few hours after aortic valve replacement surgery, flashing you a “Thumbs-Up!” from the intensive care unit.


Heart Surgery Patient in Intensive Care UnitJerome Hill, Heart Valve Surgery Patient

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Patient with Red Pillow in Hospital

After Heart Surgery, Lee Feels Very Grateful!

By Adam Pick on October 2, 2020

When I see a patient picture like this come across my community newsfeed, I stop what I’m doing.

No joke.

Thanks to Lee’s wonderful photo – taken just before she was discharged from the hospital – the corner of my lips turned up and a fantastic smile stretched across my face. Today instantly fills with happiness.


Heart Surgery Patient Smiling with Red Pillow


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Heart Surgery Patient Smiling with Red Pillo

Robin Makes That HVS Mask Look Good!

By Adam Pick on October 1, 2020

As you may have seen here, I had face masks made for my family to help protect us during the COVID-19 pandemic.  When ordering the masks, there was a significant price decrease if you purchased more masks. So, I bought 10 extra masks for the wonderful people in our community.  Last Friday, I gave away the masks to 10 patients.

In response to the HVS mask giveaway, I received a wonderful email from Robin Hayes, a heart valves surgery patient, earlier today.


Patient Wearing Face MaskRobin Hayes – Heart Valve Surgery Patient

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Coronavirus Face Mask on Heart Surgery Patient

10 Free HVS Masks Up For Grabs!

By Adam Pick on September 25, 2020



Hey Everybody,

Not sure if  you are interested…

But, I recently saw a website that makes custom masks with logos on it. I thought it was neat idea. And, I thought it would be fun to make a few masks for Robyn, my wife, and Ethan, my son. During the ordering process, there was a pretty good price decrease if I bought more masks. So, I bought a few extra masks to see if anybody in our community wants one for free!


Free COVID Mask with Logo
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Adam Pick Wearing Logo Mask

My Interview On “Connecting Caregivers” Radio Show with Linda Burhans

By Adam Pick on September 8, 2020

In case you missed it… I was recently interviewed by Linda Burhans from the “Connecting Caregivers” radio show.

As you may know, Connecting Caregivers is wonderful effort that Linda started to help caregivers supporting friends and family members with health issues. During our discussion, we discussed several important topics related to heart valve disease including the Active Living Initiative, our survey results from 3,000 patients, the realities of valvular disorders and new treatment options.


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Adam Pick Interviewed on Connecting Caregivers Radio

Medtronic & Abbott Join Forces to Support You!

By Adam Pick on August 26, 2020

On behalf of the community, I would like to extend an extraordinary thanks to Medtronic and Abbott for their support of patients all over the world during COVID-19.

So you know… Medtronic and Abbott, two leading heart valve manufacturers, just did something special.  In this difficult and trying time, Medtronic and Abbott joined forces to co-sponsor our “Advances in COVID-19 & Heart Valve Therapy” webinar.  Over 630 patients registered for this educational event.


Medtronic & Abbott Support Team Up With


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Medtronic & Abbott Support Heart Valve Patients

Patient Webinar: “Advances in COVID-19 & Heart Valve Therapy” with Dr. Chikwe, Dr. Burkle, John & Me

By Adam Pick on August 20, 2020

[Update: Great news! The “Advances in COVID-19 & Heart Valve Therapy” webinar held on August 27, 2020 was an extraordinary success with 287 patients connected in real-time. You can now download a free eBook or watch the video recording of the webinar at this link.]

I’m excited to share that our LIVE and FREE patient education events continue next Thursday, August 27, with a special “Advances in COVID-19 & Heart Valve Therapy” webinar. Featured speakers include Dr. Joanna Chikwe, Chair of the Department of Cardiac Surgery in the Smidt Heart Institute of Cedars-Sinai, Dr. Jaime Burkle, Clinical Manager of the Piedmont Heart Perimeter Office, and John Roland, a heart valve patient treated during COVID-19.


COVID-19 & Heart Surgery Webinar Invitation


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COVID-19 Webinar Announcement

Tapan “2.0” Rises After Heart Valve Surgery!

By Adam Pick on August 17, 2020

It never gets old.  The joy. The happiness. That special feeling when I open my email and see a patient success story from the community.

This time… Tapan Mehta, from Northern California, brought a smile to my face.  As he approaches his fifth anniversary after heart valve surgery, here is what Tapan wrote to me:


Tapan Mehta - Heart Valve Patient with Daughter at Michigan Football Game


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