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

Special Guest Post: 5 Steps To Prepare for Heart Surgery by Peggy Huddleston

For years, I’ve heard about the fantastic, mind-body techniques of Peggy Huddleston.  Many patients in our community, like Gina Fiorentino, have raved to me about the benefits of Peggy’s book, “Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster”.   In addition, several cardiac centers – including Brigham & Women’s Hospital and NYU Langone Medical Center – recommend Peggy’s CD and MP3 to patients.

 

 

If you didn’t know…  Research suggests that Peggy’s strategies help patients (i) reduce anxiety before surgery, (ii) reduce pain medication consumption by 25%-50%, (iii) diminish insomnia, and (iv) accelerate healing.  For these reasons, I was thrilled to recently connect with Peggy. During our exchange, I asked Peggy, “What are your most important tips for patients getting ready for surgery?”
 

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What 5 Facts Should You Know About The Aorta?

If you didn’t know…

Your aorta is the largest artery in the body.  It starts at the top of the heart’s main pumping chamber, the left ventricle, and extends down to the abdomen.  Blood is pumped from the left ventricle into the aorta through the aortic valve, which is a tri-leaflet heart valve for 98% of the population.

As many people in this patient community are aware, the aorta can weaken and expand.  This bulge in the aorta is called an aneurysm.  In worse case scenarios, an aortic aneurysm can rupture (or dissect).  Together, we have learned that many patients with heart valve disease – especially bicuspid aortic valves – also have aortic aneurysms.

 

 

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Technology Update: How Did 4D-MRI Help John Time His Heart Surgery?

Timing heart valve surgery can be tricky for cardiologists, for surgeons and, ultimately, for patients.  For this reason, doctors and medical device companies are working together to develop next-generation technologies to determine the right time to operate or to continue “watchful waiting”.

I wanted to learn more about this topic, so I met with John Pascarella from Frankfort, Illinois.  John was unexpectedly diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis, a bicuspid aortic valve and an aortic aneurysm during a Medicare physical.  Interestingly, John was not rushed into surgery.  Instead, Dr. Chris Malaisrie, a leading cardiac surgeon at Northwestern Medicine, used Four Dimensional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (4D-MRI) to watch John closely until surgery was needed.  This is John’s story…

 

 

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Our Videos Rocket Past 1.2 Million Playbacks!

This is unexpected…

I just learned that the 125+ educational videos we created for the patients and the caregivers in our community just surged past 1,200,000 views in our YouTube Channel.  Woo-Whoo!!!

What makes this milestone so interesting and (wonderful) is that we have not advertised any of our videos.  That’s right!  We have not paid for a single playback since launch.

 

 

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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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