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Patient Webinar: “Advances in Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement” with Dr. Herrmann, Dr. Li & Me!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: January 27, 2023

I’m excited to announce that our FREE and LIVE patient education events continue this Thursday, February 2 at 6pm EST, with a special webinar, “Advances in Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement”.  Featured speakers include Dr. Howard Herrmann, Director of Interventional Cardiology, and Dr. Robert Li, Co-Director of the TAVR Program, at Penn Medicine Heart and Vascular Center.

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Heart Valve Experts Reunite at STS Conference!!!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: January 23, 2023

For the first time since 2020, the world’s leading heart valve experts gathered “in-person” this weekend for the 59th Annual Meeting of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) in San Diego, California. The STS Conference brought together thousands of doctors, medical companies and researchers to discuss the latest advances in heart valve surgery and other cardiac conditions.

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Did Heart Valve Disease Cause Damar Hamlin’s Cardiac Arrest?

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: January 6, 2023

My thoughts and prayers remain with Damar Hamlin, 24, defensive back of the Buffalo Bills. As you may have seen, Damar experienced a cardiac arrest while making a tackle during Monday’s football game between the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Happy Holidays!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: December 23, 2022

Dear Patients and Friends,

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Mike Mussallem, CEO of Edwards Lifesciences for 22 Years, Announces Retirement

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Page last updated: January 2, 2023

On behalf of our patient community, I would like to extend an extraordinary “Congratulations!” to Mike Mussallem, the CEO of Edwards Lifesciences, on the announcement of his upcoming retirement in May, 2023. I also need to extend a mighty “Thank You!” to Mike for his life-long commitment and dedication to advancing heart valve disease treatment.

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Mike Gabler, Heart Valve Specialist, Wins Survivor!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: December 15, 2022

Congratulations to Mike Gabler, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) specialist at Edwards Lifesciences, for winning Survivor 43!!!

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We Help Johann Get a Healthy Heart!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: December 8, 2022

Dear Patients and Friends,

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Take the Aortic Stenosis Patient Survey!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: November 10, 2022

[Update: Thanks to our wonderful patient community, our survey is now complete.]

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We Achieve #1 Ranking on Feedspot’s Top 60 Heart Websites for Second Consecutive Year!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Page last updated: November 6, 2022

Dear Patients and Friends,

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I Test Positive For COVID-19

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate & Author
Published: November 2, 2022

For the first time since the pandemic began, I tested positive for COVID-19 last Friday.

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Let’s Go Mike Gabler, Heart Valve Specialist, on Survivor!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Page last updated: December 15, 2022

Survivor is one of my favorite television shows. I have watched most, if not all, of the episodes during the past forty-two seasons. I love everything about the show that many consider the “original” reality tv series.

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Yes, I Did Get the Bivalent Omicron COVID-19 Booster

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: October 8, 2022

I’ve received several patient questions about whether-or-not I got the bivalent COVID-19 booster.  As you can see in the picture below, the answer to that question is yes.

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“Is Sternotomy or Robotic Surgery Better for Mitral Valve Repair?” asks Jane

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: October 6, 2022

Jane just asked me a great question about two different surgical approaches for mitral valve repair surgery.  Jane wrote to me, “Hi Adam – Is open chest or robotic surgery better for mitral valve repair?”

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“Advances in Heart Valve Calcification Treatment” Webinar Now Available!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Medical Experts: Juan Crestanello, MD; Kristen Sell-Dottin, MD; Basar Sareyyupoglu, MD
Published: October 2, 2022

Great news! Our patient webinar, “Advancing Heart Valve Calcification Treatment”, was a fantastic success with over 200 live attendees!

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Join 400 Patients LIVE on Thursday’s Webinar with the Mayo Clinic!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: September 26, 2022

[Update: Great news! The webinar with the Mayo Clinic was fantastic! You can now watch a replay of the webinar video at this link.]

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Off Topic: Cool Down With a Genuine Disney Pineapple Dole Whip at Home!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: September 7, 2022

This is way off-topic… But, hopefully helpful and maybe even fun!

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Patient Inspiration: Meet a Dog Who Learned to Walk Like a Human

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: August 29, 2022

It is VERY common for patients diagnosed with heart valve disease to feel alone, confused and frustrated. I can personally remember those and other emotions when my cardiologist said to me, “You need a new heart valve. And, you need it soon.”

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“Advances in Heart Valve Reoperations” Webinar Now Available!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: July 14, 2022

I’m happy to share that our webinar, “Advances in Heart Valve Reoperations”, was a wonderful success!

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Join 500 Patients Live on the “Advances In Heart Valve Reoperations” Webinar Today!!!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: June 27, 2022

[Update: Great News! The “Advances in Heart Valve Reoperations” webinar with Dr. Davidson, Dr. Mehta and Joy Marks was an extraordinary success with over 750 patient registrations. Registration is no longer available for this event. Click here to watch the webinar playback . To download the free webinar eBook click here.]

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Free “Summer Giveaway” for Heart Valve Patients!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: June 17, 2022

[Update: Thanks so much to everybody who submitted an entry to our Summer Patient Giveaway.  We will announce the winner shortly!]

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