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After Ross Procedure Success, Elizabeth Runs to Support Heart Disease Patients!

By Adam Pick on May 26, 2020

When courageous patients transform medical lemons into lemonade, I want you to know about it.

Eizabeth Boylan is a perfect example.  An athlete, wife and mother from Canada, Elizabeth was born with a bicuspid aortic valve.  Like many patients, Elizabeth knew she may need surgery in the future and was in “watchful waiting” for many years.  That, however, did not stop Elizabeth’s passion for running.

 

 

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A Safe “New Normal” for Cardiac Surgical Appointments during COVID-19

By Adam Pick on May 21, 2020

As Lao Tzu, a Chinese philosopher, once said, “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality.”

Unfortunately, COVID-19 is now our unexpected reality.  At times, that is hard to accept.  At times, it’s challenging not to think back to the way it was.  At times, I wonder if Lao Tzu lived through a pandemic.  Regardless, we must move forward. We must evolve.

 

Patient Being Examined During COVID-19 (Northwestern Medicine)

 

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We’re #2 On The “Top Heart Blog & Websites” Rankings For 2020!

By Adam Pick on May 20, 2020

Thanks to the wonderful support of patients, their family members and friends, I am happy to report that HeartValveSurgery.com achieved the #2 ranking in FeedSpot’s 2020 Top Heart Blogs & Websites.  

This is such an extraordinary honor considering all the great cardiac websites out there!

 

 

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Ethan’s Graduating From Elementary School!

By Adam Pick on May 20, 2020

In this Proud Papa Moment, I am happy to share that Ethan, my 11-year old son, who many of you have come to know over the years… Is graduating from elementary school!!!!!

 


 

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Ed Can Walk Up Stairs Again Thanks to a Mitral Valve & Maze Procedure!

By Adam Pick on April 28, 2020

He was short of breath.  He could not walk up stairs.  He was afraid.  Then, Edward Clinton ended up in the emergency room.

Ed suffered from mitral regurgitation, a leaking heart valve, and atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm.  To get help, Ed met with Dr. Patrick McCarthy, a leading cardiac surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.  Dr. McCarthy recommended a “concomitant” procedure to help Ed.  During a concomitant procedure, Dr. McCarthy would treat Ed’s leaking mitral valve and the AFib in one operation.

This is Ed’s story…

 

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Over 3,000 Heart Valve Patient Surveys Completed! Thank You!

By Adam Pick on April 28, 2020

Thanks to the AMAZING patients in our community!!!!

Because of you, I am happy to report that over 3,000 patients completed the Heart Valve Patient Survey during the last four days.

This community of wonderful people continues to inspire me as we share our experiences, support each other and help future patients along our collective journey to healthy hearts

 

 

Again, thank you!!!

Keep on tickin!

Adam

Take the Heart Valve Patient Survey!!!

By Adam Pick on April 23, 2020

[April 30, 2020 Update:  Thanks to the wonderful patients at this community, we collected over 3,000 survey responses in four days.  Please stay tuned for the posting of results to this survey.  You can subscribe to my blog to get the results here.]

Hi Patients!

Can I ask you a quick favor?  To help future patients, I want to learn more about the heart valve disease experiences of people like you.  That said, I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts!

 

 

In advance, thanks so much for your help on this survey!

I really appreciate it!

Keep on tickin!
Adam

After Heart Surgery, Frank Wins Pickleball Silver Medal At National Championships

By Adam Pick on April 15, 2020

I love when patients in our community send me their success stories.  For example, Frank Collura just brought a smile to my face.  Here’s what Frank emailed me:

About 5 years ago, I had my aortic valve replaced with a pig valve. I was 78 years old.  At the time of surgery, I was playing full-court basketball with a middle-aged group of guys at my church.  I had been playing with them for about 10 years, 3 times a week.  I was very upset at the prospect of not being able to play competitive basketball after heart surgery.

 

Frank Collura (Aortic Valve Replacement Patient)

 

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Sternum Wires: Can I Get an MRI After Heart Surgery? What About Chest Wire Removal?

By Adam Pick on April 13, 2020

I just received two excellent questions about sternum wires and heart surgery from Kelly and Bob.

  • Kelly asked me, “Can sternum wires cause issues with other medical procedures? I am attempting to get an MRI and the technician is concerned about the metal in my body.”
  • Bob asked me, “It’s one year after surgery. I still have pain in my chest. It hurts constantly. I want to have the wires taken out. Is that possible? If so, what’s involved?”

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“What About Aortic Valve Replacement Failure, TAVR & Sternum Pain?” asks Mike

By Adam Pick on April 10, 2020

This is wonderful and a bit unexpected!

Yesterday, I featured Mike Czaplewski’s post in our email newsletter.  As you will see below, Mike is struggling with an early failure of his aortic valve replacement and sternum pain. In his post, Mike asked for help and support from the members of our community.

 

Mike Czaplewski & Dr. Marc Gerdisch

 

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