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Before-and-After Surgery: Tim’s Mitral Valve Reveal

Have you ever wanted to see what a mitral valve looks like before-and-after it’s repaired?

Well… Thanks to Tim Martin, a patient who just had mitral valve repair surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta, here’s your chance!

 

 

As you can see, an annuloplasty ring was used to support the supporting structure of the mitral valve.  You can also see how the leaflets of the mitral valve are now coming together to prevent leakage across the valve.

Pretty amazing, right?

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Julie’s Smiling Scar Selfie Goes Viral!

Thanks to Julie…  I’m having another “Holy Moly” moment.

What happened?  First, I saw an inspirational Smiling Scar Selfie from Julie Gerard posted at our community.  Julie just had a mitral valve repair procedure on April 19.  I loved the photo. So, I shared it at Facebook.  Then… Julie went viral.  In less than 24 hours, Julie’s picture received over 5,000 social shares, 400+ encouraging comments, and directly reached over 41,000 people around the world.

 

 

Many thanks to Julie for sharing her Smiling Scar Selfie with our community!  And, thanks to you for supporting Julie as she recovers from heart valve surgery!

Keep on tickin’ Julie!
Adam

“How Can Robots Advance Heart Valve Surgery?” asks Diane

This patient community is fantastic.  The questions I’ve received lately are wonderful and very detailed.  I know that you, or the loved one you care for, are taking patient advocacy to a new level!

As we saw in this patient success story, many patients are doing their homework specific to mitral valve repair and the various techniques used by surgeons and cardiologists used to treat mitral regurgitation.  Recently, I had a phone call with Diane.  She said, “Adam, I want to learn more about robotics for mitral valve repair?”

To educate Diane and our community, I jumped at the opportunity to connect with Dr. Vinay Badhwar, who is the Professor and Executive Chair of the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. Dr. Badhwar is a community favorite that has cared for our patients and supported our educational initiatives.  Here’s what Dr. Badhwar shared with me:

 

 

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60 Minutes After TAVR, Harolyn Looks This Good!

On January 10, 2017…

I received a phone call from Harolyn, an aortic stenosis patient, from Springfield, Missouri.  Like so many patients I speak with, Harolyn was a bit nervous, a bit concerned and a bit apprehensive about the possibility of heart valve surgery in her life.  So you know, Harolyn was no stranger to disease.  She already had 3 bouts with cancer that required radiation and chemotherapy.

As we spoke, I did my best to calm her fears and educate Harolyn about potential treatment options.  The more we spoke, the more I learned that Harolyn was her own best advocate.  She had already spent time on HeartValveSurgery.com – educating herself about aortic stenosis and the minimally invasive therapies that might treat her narrow aortic valve.

 

Harolyn, TAVR Patient, with Dr. Brown & Dr. Mack

 

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Congratulations to Dr. David Adams, New AATS President!!!

On behalf of his patients, their families and our global community…

I wanted to extend a mighty “CONGRATULATIONS!!!” to Dr. David Adams who was just announced as the 99th President of the American Association of Thoracic Surgery (AATS).   As you may know, Dr. Adams, who is the Cardiac Surgeon-in-Chief at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, is a mitral valve repair guru.  He’s written books on mitral valve repair. He’s invented mitral valve repair devices. He’s ran conferences about mitral valve repair.  And, he’s even started the Mitral Foundation, a unique philanthropic organization that has taken him all over the world to teach mitral valve repair techniques.

 

Dr. David Adams

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