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…
By Adam Pick on October 13, 2020
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Keep on tickin!
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.
Jerome Hill, Heart Valve Surgery Patient
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.
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.
By Adam Pick on October 1, 2020
As you may have seen here, I had HeartValveSurgery.com 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.
Robin Hayes – Heart Valve Surgery Patient
By Adam Pick on September 25, 2020
UPDATE: UNFORTUNATELY, ALL OF THE FREE MASKS ARE NOW GONE!!!! I AM SO SORRY IF YOU DID NOT GET ONE!!!!
WOW!!! THOSE WENT FAST!!!! WE MAY MAKE MORE!!! STAY TUNED!!!
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!
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.
By Adam Pick on August 26, 2020
On behalf of the HeartValveSurgery.com 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.
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.
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 HeartValveSurgery.com 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: