Webinar Update: Registrations Soar! Now Accepting Another 100 Registrations And… Your Questions!

By Adam Pick on June 19, 2013

The response to our upcoming webinar, “The Importance of Mitral Valve Repair Surgery for Patients”, greatly exceeded expectations. For that reason, we just extended our registration capabilty to another 100 people for the live event — scheduled on Wednesday, June 26 at 1pm EST. To join this educational webinar for patients, you can register by clicking here.




In addition, we are now accepting your questions for the webinar. To ask a question, simply click here.

If you — or someone you know — has been diagnosed with mitral valve disease, this educational webinar might really help them better understand their disease, their treatment options and the possibility of a very successful surgical result.

To learn more about the webinar, click here.

Keep on tickin!

Written by Adam Pick
- Patient & Website Founder

Adam Pick, Heart Valve Patient Advocate

Adam Pick is a heart valve patient and author of The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery. In 2006, Adam founded HeartValveSurgery.com to educate and empower patients. This award-winning website has helped over 10 million people fight heart valve disease. Adam has been featured by the American Heart Association and Medical News Today.

Adam Pick is a heart valve patient and author of The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery. In 2006, Adam founded HeartValveSurgery.com to educate and empower patients. This award-winning website has helped over 10 million people fight heart valve disease. Adam has been featured by the American Heart Association and Medical News Today.

Clive says on June 20th, 2013 at 12:43 am

Hello Adam,
I would like to raise a few questions with your approval which I feel will be of interest to your many followers of your excellent web site.
My ” heart background” is that suffering from severe mitral regurgitation,compounded by paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, I underwent mitral valve repair with quadrangular resection, supported by an CE annuloplasty band 30mm and radio frequency ablation in July 2011 at age 67.The mitral regurgitation was caused by prolapse of the central scallop of the mural leaflet. The MV repair was guided by intra-operative ” TOE”, which confirmed competence of the valve at the end of the procedure.
My questions are:-
1. Minimal mitral regurgitation ( MMR ) is present following my operation, is this usual?
2. Will the MMR become more severe with the passage of time ?
3. In the event that the MMR becomes severe such that the MV repair requires further repair can this procedure be carried out as a further repair or will a MV replacement be necessary?
4. Palpitations arose a few weeks after my operation, they have largely subsided with the help of Flecainide tablets and with my cardiologists approval I no longer take daily Flecainide. However the palpitations are concerning when they occur, will they disappear, reduce or stay as they are in the future?
Yours sincerely,

Linda says on June 20th, 2013 at 12:44 am

After having a TEE performed, my cardiologist said that it didnt appear that my mitral valve prolapse was caused by rheumatic fever. I am scheduled to have surgery soon and I wanted to find out if there is a way to confirm whether rheumatic fever was the cause? I was curious because I have read that the mitral valve could leak again after surgery to repair it if the problem was caused by rheumatic fever.


Marion antonellis says on June 20th, 2013 at 2:18 pm

I recently had mitral valve repair (Feb 6) as well as tricuspid repair and aortic vr (Bovine tissue). The mitral valve is still leaking on the moderate to severe side. I don’t want to have OHS again so soon. . .am I a candidate for the Alfieri clip? Are those being done more now? I live in Colorado and am 54 years old. Thank you.

Anna says on June 20th, 2013 at 6:04 pm

Thank you Adam for putting together this webminar and thanks for your relentless work providing so many people with more peace of mind and less anxiety just by having access to more information.

Here are my questions:

1) Why patients who need replacement are not given an option of having a valve made with their own tissue which would provide a greater chance for a lasting surgery and not be subject to making this choice between having to do surgery again in 15 years or having to take a blood thinner every next day of their lives? ( unlike aortic valve replacement which offers this possibility).

2) If the valve cannot be 100% repaired but the patient prefers a reparation than a replacement ( because of the issues above), and the final result will be a mild regurgitation which the patient is willing to live with, will this minimal regurgitation become severe again with age?

3) Stem cell study trials are being conducted with success to benefit other areas of the heart ( as reviving blocked arteries). Are surgeons considering in the near future to use stem cell treatment combined with surgery so that a patient with a mitral valve with degenerative tissue who does not opt for a mechanical valve will not have to go through a second surgery 15 years later? ( specially younger patients).

Thank you!

Jennifer says on June 21st, 2013 at 1:07 am

Adam thank you for your continued abundance amounts of amazing information for heart valve patients and future patients.

I’m a 42 female with a St Jude mitral valve replaced 10 years ago due to hereditary hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

My question is, if and when I need a new valve what are my options now and in the future? Any and all suggestions are welcomed.

Beaufort, SC

Denise says on June 21st, 2013 at 10:54 am

What would cause a perfect mitral valve repair to develop moderate regurgitation 6 weeks post surgery. This happened to me. I was a perfect candidate for the procedure with no other underlying health problems, other than mitral valve prolapse with severe regurgitation. The posterior leaflet was repaired and an annuloplasty band placed arou d the valve. My surgeon speculated after doing a TTE 3 months post surgery that perhaps some scar tissue at the repair site may have caused this to occur. Any thoughts on this?
Thank you! Denise Kirchner

Janet says on June 27th, 2013 at 9:50 pm

I was diagnosed with Left Bundle Branch Block on my EKG. My echocardiogram and chemical stress test showed I had mild regurgitation in my aortic valve and also in my tricuspid valve.
My Cardiologist said he does not want to see me until I show some kind of symptoms. Does this seem right. I would have thought I should be checked by him once a year. What do you think?

vasthimal jain says on June 30th, 2013 at 4:49 am

i was operated for mitral valvotomy in 1974.my age is 59.valve size 1.8sq cm
is any requirement of one more operation in future

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