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Hard To Believe… My Heart Valve Surgery Was 5 Years Ago Today?

By Adam Pick on December 21, 2010

It’s hard to believe that five years ago, at this precise moment, I was rolled into an operating room at USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. There, during a 3-hour procedure, Dr. Starnes performed an aortic and pulmonary valve replacement surgery that fixed my enlarged heart.

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“Why Didn’t You Get Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery?” Asks Anne

By Adam Pick on December 8, 2010

I just received a very appropriate question from Anne about minimally invasive approaches to heart valve surgery. Anne writes, “Adam – Like you, I was diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis. I need an aortic valve replacement. Why didn’t you get a minimally invasive surgery? Thanks, Anne”

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“Gobble! Gobble! Happy Thanksgiving!” From Ethan, Robyn & Me

By Adam Pick on November 24, 2010

Robyn, Ethan and I want to wish all of our friends in the United States a very “Happy Thanksgiving!”.  And, even if you’re not from the U.S., we want you to know how grateful we are for you and your contribution to this caring community of patients, caregivers, cardiologists and surgeons.

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“What Happens To My Pericardium During Heart Valve Surgery?” Asks Bernie

By Adam Pick on October 31, 2010

I just received a very interesting question from Bernie about the pericardium and heart valve surgery.

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On Halloween, Brad Pitt & Ethan Say, “Yoooo Gabba Gabba!”

By Adam Pick on October 31, 2010

Robyn, Ethan and I want to wish everybody a very happy and very safe Halloween!

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“Will The Surgeon ‘Ice’ My Heart During Surgery?” Asks Alma

By Adam Pick on October 17, 2010

I just received an interesting question from Alma about a critical step during heart valve repair and heart valve replacement surgeries. Alma writes, “Adam – I’m going in for surgery next week. Thanks to your book, my anxiety has greatly decreased. I’m curious… I know my heart is going to be cooled and stopped during surgery. But, will my surgeon actually put ice on my bare heart? Alma”

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“What Percent of Heart Valve Surgeries Are Re-Operations?” Asks Marc

By Adam Pick on September 14, 2010

I just received a very interesting email from Marc about heart valve surgery re-operations. He writes, “Adam, I’m an active 47 year-old just diagnosed with severe mitral regurgitation. I can’t help but think that I’ll need a 2nd surgery if I get a repair or a tissue valve. Do you know what percent of valve surgeries are re-operations? Are they primarily from surgical error or degenerative reasons? Thanks, Marc”

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My Heart Remembers Scotty

By Adam Pick on September 11, 2010

As difficult as the memories of today can be, I always end up smiling in Scotty’s memory – his bubbly laugh, constant high fives and ability to see the good in everything around him.

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