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

Hoag Memorial Hospital Joins Our Community!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: November 30, 2021

I am excited to announce that the Jeffrey M. Carlton Heart & Vascular Institute at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian just became the newest sponsor of HeartValveSurgery.com.

 

Hoag Sponsors HeartValveSurgery.com!

 

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On Thanksgiving, We Help Give Life to Baby Alfred!!!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: November 24, 2021

Dear Patients and Friends,

On Thanksgiving, I am happy to share wonderful news with the HeartValveSurgery.com community!!!

Thanks to your extraordinary support, we just sponsored the life-saving heart surgery of Baby Alfred, a 7-month-old boy from Lagos, Nigeria.  Alfred was born with Tetralogy of Fallot, a dangerous, congenital heart defect that affects blood flow through the heart valves.
 

Alfred - Gift of Life Patient from Nigeria

 
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Patient Webinar Announced: “Advances in Mitral Valve Surgery” with Dr. Joanna Chikwe & Me!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: November 9, 2021

[Update: Great News! The “Advances in Mitral Valve Surgery” webinar with Dr. Chikwe from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and Wendy Spector, a recent mitral valve repair patient, was a wonderful and very interactive session with over 350 patient registrations. You can now watch the webinar video playback at this link.]

I’m excited to announce that our LIVE and FREE patient education events continue this Thursday, November 11 at 6pm EST, with a special webinar, “Advances in Mitral Valve Surgery”.  The featured speakers are Dr. Joanna Chikwe, the Chair of Cardiac Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the #3 ranked heart hospital according to U.S. News & World Report, Wendy Spector, a mitral valve patient, and me.

 

Mitral Valve Webinar with Dr. Joanna Chikwe

 

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Heart Warrior Spotlight: John Bikes Coast-to-Coast After Mitral Valve Repair!!!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Page last updated: November 29, 2021

A mighty “CONGRATULATIONS!!!” is going out to John Deysher, a heart valve patient from our Community.

John, who had a successful mitral valve repair surgery five years ago, just completed a coast-to-coast bike ride with Tom, his brother.  That’s right. John and Tom rode 2,600 miles across the Southern tier of the United States.  Unbelievable!!!

 

John Deysher - Biking Across The Country After Heart Surgery

 

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UW Medicine Heart Institute Joins Our Community!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: October 20, 2021

I am very excited to announce that UW Medicine Heart Institute just became the newest sponsor of HeartValveSurgery.com.

 

UW Medicine Heart Institute Joins HVS

 

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Heart Warrior Spotlight: Sonny Gets Outpatient Valve Replacement Reoperation!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Page last updated: October 14, 2021

It’s one thing to be told you need heart valve surgery.

It’s another thing to be told you need a second heart surgery because your tissue valve replacement is failing ahead of schedule.

That is the exact situation that Sonny Abassi, an attorney from Vienna, Virginia, recently experienced.  According to his cardiologist… Sonny’s aortic valve replacement, which was surgically implanted six years ago, was unfortunately calcified. To mitigate the dangerous risks of aortic stenosis, Sonny needed a reoperation.

 

Aortic Valve Patient - 7 Hours After TAVRSonny Abassi (Surgical & Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Patient)

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Patient Webinar: Advances in Heart Valve Replacements

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: September 27, 2021

[Update: Great News!  The “Advances in Heart Valve Replacements” webinar with Dr. Arghami and Dr. Eleid from the Mayo Clinic was an extraordinary success with over 500 patient registrations.  You can now download the free eBook and/or watch the webinar playback of this event at this link.]

I’m excited to announce that our LIVE and FREE patient education events continue this Thursday, September 30 at 5pm CST, with a special webinar, “Advances in Heart Valve Replacements”.  Featured speakers include Dr. Arman Arghami, cardiac surgeon at Mayo Clinic, and Dr. Mackram Eleid, interventional cardiologist at Mayo Clinic. This one-hour webinar.

 

Advances in Heart Valve Replacement Webinar - Register Here

 

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Married Couple Share Unexpected Heart Surgery Bond!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: September 20, 2021

The stories in our Patient Community just get better-and-better!

This time…

Rosemary and Tom Rice, a wonderful couple that has been married for 53 years, just shared their special heart surgery bond with me.

 

SAVR & TAVR PatientsRosemary & Tom Rice (Aortic Valve Replacement Patients)

 
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8-Year Old, Grant, Gets Successful Ross Procedure Thanks to Dr. Starnes!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: August 30, 2021

Since starting HeartValveSurgery.com in 2006, I’ve been fortunate to speak with thousands of patients about heart valve disease. 

As you might imagine, I have also had the privilege of speaking with thousands of care partners including wives, husbands, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, grandsons and granddaughters.

 

Joe & Grant Foster - Ross Procedure PatientGrant (Aortic Valve Patient) & Joe Foster

 
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Mayo Clinic Joins Our Community!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: August 26, 2021

Wonderful News!!!  Mayo Clinic, a top-ranked heart surgery program with cardiac centers in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota, has joined the HeartValveSurgery.com community!

 

Mayo Clinic Joins HeartValveSurgery.com Community!

 
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Doctor Q&A: 3rd COVID-19 Vaccine Dose? New Booster Shot?

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: August 22, 2021

Dear Patients and Friends,

I’m getting excellent questions about the newly announced “3rd dose” and “booster shot” of the COVID-19 vaccine. So… With the help of Dr. Craig Smith, the Surgeon-in-Chief at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, I just posted a new “Doctor Q&A” to help educate our community.

 

COVID-19 3rd Dose & Booster Shot for Heart Valve Patients

 

Click here to see “COVID-19 Vaccine Update: Should Heart Valve Patients Get a 3rd Dose or Booster Shot?”

Keep on tickin!
Adam

Thanks to Tom & Dr. Caffarelli, I Get a New Heart!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: August 9, 2021

There’s no doubt about it.  What I love most about HeartValveSurgery.com is the special opportunity to meet and help patients from all over the world.

For example…  I was very fortunate to recently connect with Tom Everson from Anaheim, California.  Tom was diagnosed with aortic stenosis and an aortic aneurysm. During our exchange, Tom asked several great questions about surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR), transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), aortic root replacement, cardiac surgeons and hospitals.

 

Tom Everson - Dr. Anthony Caffarelli Patient at Hoag Hospital

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6 World-Renowned Heart Valve Surgeons Show Support for Our Patient Community!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: July 23, 2021

On behalf of our patient community… Many thanks to Drs. Badhwar, Chikwe, El-Hamamsy, Khan, Shemin and Stelzer for showing their wonderful support of HeartValveSurgery.com. As you can see below, each of these heart valve experts is wearing our new scrub caps around their hospitals.

Here’s Dr. Vinay Badhwar, the Executive Chair of WVU Medicine Heart & Vascular Institute in Morgantown, West Virginia.

 

Dr. Vinay Badhwar

 

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Heart Trivia: Which Heart Valve Is Hidden In This 3D Animation of a Beating Human Heart?

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: July 13, 2021

Together, we have seen a lot of great heart valve animations and videos over the years. I have to admit… The 3D animation of the heart beating below could be one of the best. The animation really provides a complete context of the heart beating, the heart valves opening and the heart valves closing.

The only thing missing in this animation is one of the heart valves. Can you identify the heart valve that is hidden?

 

 

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Traver’s Fixed Heart Returns Home to Uganda!!!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: June 29, 2021

It is with a BIG smile on my face that I am posting these words.

Thanks to your support of HeartValveSurgery.com, I am happy to share that Traver just arrived home in Uganda after his complex cardiac surgery in Israel!!!  Woo-Whoo!!! Yay!!!! Mission accomplished!!!!

I just received the following pictures.  Here is Traver at home with his family in their Ugandan village.

 

Traver - Gift of Life Child - In Ugandan Village
 

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Patient Webinar: Surgical vs. Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: June 28, 2021

[July 6 Update: You can now watch or download the free eBook of “SAVR vs. TAVR: What Should Patients Know?” at this link.]

I’m excited to announce that our LIVE and FREE patient education events continue this Thursday, July 1, with a special webinar, “Surgical vs. Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement: What Should Patients Know?” Featured speakers include Dr. Charles Davidson, Professor of Cardiology, and Dr. Chris Malaisrie, Professor of Cardiac Surgery, at Northwestern Medicine. This one-hour webinar will start at 5pm CST.

 

SAVR v. TAVR Webinar - Click Here to Sign Up Now!

 

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TAVR Innovation: Navitor Gets CE Mark Approval in Europe

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Page last updated: June 11, 2021

The use of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) devices for the treatment of aortic stenosis has soared in recent years.

Prior to COVID-19… TAVR devices were growing at double-digit compounded annual growth rates as sales grew to over $2 billion worldwide in 2019, according to Medical Device Network. At HeartValveSurgery.com, patient interest in educational content – exclusively about TAVR – jumped 627% across our servers from 2019 to 2020.

 
Navitor TAVR Valve by Abbott
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Alex Toussaint, Peloton Instructor, Sends Empowering “Shout-Out” to Heart Valve Patients

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Page last updated: June 12, 2021

I’m a bit addicted to our Peloton. 

This next-gen athletic gear has completely transformed my approach to fitness. I feel great. I have more energy. Thankfully, as someone who has struggled with insomnia, I now sleep like a baby. And, I’ve unexpectedly lost 12 pounds.

One of the fun parts of riding a Peloton is when an instructor sends a live “shout-out” to a community member during class.  So far, I’ve been fortunate to score shout-outs from Robin Arzon and Jess King.

I’m happy to share that on my recent 800th ride, I got a shout-out from the one-and-only Alex Toussaint. As you may already know, Alex is an extremely motivational coach who inspires students with uplifting catch phrases (Feel Good! Look Good! Do Better!), innovative classes (e.g., the Last Dance and Ride to Greatness) and honest perspectives on the challenges we all face on a day-to-day basis.

 

 

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Little Traver Finally Gets Life-Saving Heart Surgery!!!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Page last updated: June 9, 2021

Yes!!! I have an update about Traver!!!

As you might recall… In January, the HeartValveSurgery.com community sponsored the much-needed surgery of Traver, a courageous 2-year old boy from a small village in Uganda, who was suffering from a life-threatening form of heart disease. 

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, Traver’s surgery was delayed by several months. Watch the video below to see Traver’s latest update!

 

 
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SUMMIT Clinical Trial Now Enrolling Mitral Valve Patients!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Page last updated: June 3, 2021; This post is sponsored by Abbott.

Why is the SUMMIT Clinical Trial such a big deal for millions of mitral valve patients who have limited treatment options?

Watch this educational video to learn about the new SUMMIT Clinical Trial that will evaluate the Tendyne™ Mitral Valve System that replaces the patient’s defective mitral valve without an incision to the patient’s sternum. The Tendyne™ therapy is a minimally-invasive alternative to open-heart surgery that does not require the patient to be on the heart-lung machine.

 

 

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