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Why Did 100 Patients & Care Partners Get a Standing Ovation at Patient Day 2018 at Edwards Lifesciences in Irvine, California?

By Adam Pick on September 17, 2018

Something special recently happened.  More than 100 patients and their care partners traveled to Edwards Lifesciences, a leading heart valve manufacturer in Irvine, California, to meet each other, to share their stories and to inspire action within our community – the heart valve patient community.

This day is appropriately called… Patient Day!!!!!

Luckily, Edwards hired us to film the wonderful moments of this unique event that included meet-and-greets with the heart valve assembly teams, panel and group discussions, a campus and manufacturing tour and more.  One of my favorite parts of the day was watching patients meet the Edwards employees who made their valves by hand.

Ready to see what happened at Patient Day 2018? Watch the video below…


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Heart Surgery Innovation: Robotic Mitral Valve Surgery Evolves with Percutaneous Cannulation

By Adam Pick on September 11, 2018

There are LOTS of great advances happening in the treatment of heart valve disease.  Many of those technological breakthroughs enable cardiologists and surgeons to perform life-saving procedures with smaller-and-smaller incisions.

As you might recall, one of the big breakthroughs in valve therapy was the FDA approval of the da Vinci Surgical System to perform robotic mitral valve repair procedures for patients with mitral valve regurgitation in 2002.  Since then, we have collectively learned a lot about robotic surgery from leading clinicians including Drs. Chitwood, Trento, Gillinov, Mihaljevic and Badhwar.


Recently, I’ve received several great questions about robotic mitral valve surgery.  For that reason, I felt it was time to get an update about robotic technology.  I wanted an expert opinion, so I reached out Dr. T. Sloane Guy at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City.  Dr. Guy is a robotic specialist that has helped many patients from our patient community.  Here are the highlights from our recent exchange.


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Website Update: “Free Educational eBooks” Section Launches!

By Adam Pick on September 6, 2018

Great news!

We are continuing the roll-out of 5.0 with a new educational section of the website.  As you may know, we have created several free eBooks over the years to help educate and empower patients with heart valve disease.  Since our initial post, these eBooks have been downloaded over 40,000 times. However, we never had a central place on the website to make these eBooks available to our community. Well… That changes today!



I am happy to announce that we just launched a “Free Educational eBooks” section of the website.  Now, you can access our free eBooks — including “5 Critical Questions Answered for Patients”, “Advances in Transcatheter Heart Valve Therapy”,  “Advantages of Mitral Valve Repair” and more.

I hope the free eBooks help you along your journey to a healthy heart!

Keep on tickin!

Research Update: Are There Advantages of the Ross Procedure?

By Adam Pick on August 29, 2018

The first time I heard about the Ross Procedure I was skeptical. My first thought was, “What???!!!  You want to play musical chairs with my heart valves?  No way!!!”  Then, the more I learned about this unique procedure for patients with aortic valve disease, I started thinking, “Hmmm.  That might be the operation for me.”


Ross Procedure Diagram


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Thanks to Dr. Allan Stewart, Our 1st Sponsor In Miami!

By Adam Pick on August 29, 2018

On behalf of our patient community, I want to extend a mighty thanks to Dr. Allan Stewart at the Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute for becoming our newest sponsor!!!



As you may know, Dr. Stewart is a long-time supporter of the community. In addition to performing successful surgery on over 300 patients from our community at Mount Sinai Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center, Dr. Stewart has helped me create many educational stories and videos.  He’s also an endurance athlete that runs triathlons and marathons with his patients – like Gregg O’Keeffe.

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