By Adam Pick on January 31, 2010
I recently met Dr. Giovanni Ciuffo, a cardiac surgeon at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Although it was our first time chatting, I really enjoyed learning about Dr. Ciuffo’s practice which specializes in minimally-invasive heart valve surgery and, at times, bloodless surgery.
By Adam Pick on September 9, 2009
Okay. It’s time for some good ole’ heart valve trivia.
By Adam Pick on August 3, 2009
Ray just emailed me a great question about heart valve disease.
By Adam Pick on July 4, 2009
Since it is the Fourth of July weekend here in the United States, I thought it would be interesting to write a blog that connects the number “4” to heart valves. That said, here goes nothin’…
By Adam Pick on June 6, 2009
I just received a unique question from Deana about aortic stenosis and erectile dysfunction.
By Adam Pick on January 27, 2009
Every once and a while I receive a patient question that really, really, really stumps me. In those situations I simply post a blog about the topic to see if YOU have any ideas.
By Adam Pick on December 18, 2008
One of the most common, congenital heart valve disorders is a bicuspid aortic valve. Patients born with a bicuspid aortic valve have only two leaflets. Normal aortic valves have three leaflets. Ultimately, this can significantly compromise blood flow through the heart and body as the valve tissue degenerates (stenosis, regurgitation).
By Adam Pick on November 3, 2008
David just wrote me an email that reads, “Hi Adam – I’m really confused right now. My doctor says I have severe aortic stenosis which could require heart valve replacement. Strange part? I feel fine. Can you help me better understand what are the key indicators for aortic valve replacement?”
By Adam Pick on October 18, 2008
Are you like me?
By Adam Pick on October 5, 2008
At 64, Jack has recently been diagnosed with severe aortic valve stenosis. Jack writes, “Adam – I’m like a deer in headlights right now. I need aortic replacement soon. I’m curious, the doc mentioned an aortic valve gradient following my echocardiogram. What the heck does that mean? Thanks for all you do, Jack.”
By Adam Pick on September 10, 2008
According to reports, aortic valve stenosis is relatively common problem effecting 2% of people over the age of 65, 3% of people over the age of 75, and 4% of people over the age of 85. One of the major causes of stenosis is the calcification of the aortic heart valve. This is especially likely to occur in people with a bicuspid aortic valve, but also occurs as a result of age-induced ‘wear and tear’.
By Adam Pick on June 11, 2008
There never seems to be a shortage of inspirational emails waiting for me in my inbox.
By Adam Pick on September 1, 2007
I spent the first 33 years of my life with a heart murmur resulting from a congential heart disorder known as a bicuspid aortic valve.