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“Is Heart Valve Surgery Common For Elderly Patients?” Asks Wanda

By Adam Pick on November 17, 2011

Prior to the Heart Valve Summit, Wanda sent me two great questions. She wrote, “Adam – What is the oldest person that a surgeon has operated on? Is it common for the elderly to have heart valve surgery? Thanks! Wanda”

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Our Heart Valve Surgery Video Playbacks Jump Over 19,023!

By Adam Pick on September 26, 2011

The Internet never ceases to amaze me…

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Ethan Readies For The College Football Season!

By Adam Pick on August 29, 2011

Thanks to all of you who continue to ask for the latest Ethan update!

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New Heart Valve Journals Feature Launched!!!

By Adam Pick on March 18, 2011

One of the most visited sections at Heart Valve Journals, our social network, is the patient’s guestbook. It’s pretty amazing to see all the support, care, advice and love exchanged among patients, caregivers, friends and family members. For example, Judy Fridono has 775+ comments in her Guestbook following her recent heart valve surgery at USC.

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Friday Fun: Bill Cosby Gets Lost In South Carolina

By Adam Pick on March 18, 2011

I don’t know about you… But, I’ve always been a huuuuuge Bill Cosby fan. That said, I’m hopeful this video — taken from a 1992 airing of “You Bet Your Life” — should start your weekend with a giggle.

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Holy Moly! The 47th Annual Society of Thoracic Surgeons Convention!

By Adam Pick on February 2, 2011

Five years after heart valve surgery, I find myself taking incredible steps on this journey of patient education, patient research and patient empowerment.

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The Top 10 Heart Valve Surgery Blogs Of 2010!

By Adam Pick on December 31, 2010

During 2010, this global community of patients and caregivers actively discussed many topics that impacted our own, heart valve surgery experiences. That said, I just reviewed all 179 posts from 2010 to determine the “Top 10 Heart Valve Surgery Blogs of 2010”.

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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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