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Sutureless Heart Valve Education Center Launches!

By Adam Pick on January 26, 2016

Great news! Last week, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved a sutureless heart valve replacement for the treatment of aortic stenosis. So, to educate you about sutureless heart valve replacements, we just launched a patient education center about this innovative therapy for aortic stenosis. To see it, click here.

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Surgeon Q&A: Are There Alternative Access Points For Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement?

By Adam Pick on September 17, 2015

I’m getting a lot of questions about transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures. A common question I get has to do with the different access points by which a TAVR can be implanted.

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Patient Update: After Four Emergency Room Visits, Nina Finally Gets A TAVR!

By Adam Pick on August 5, 2015

Nina Bamford was taken to the emergency room four times due to symptoms including shortness of breath. Nina was diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis. Nina was told that open heart surgery was “too risky” for her.

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Surgeon Q&A: “What’s the Latest Research About Less Invasive Aortic Valve Surgery?”

By Adam Pick on August 5, 2015

I get a lot of questions about aortic valve surgery. Lately, my inbox has swollen with questions about less invasive aortic valve procedures.

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Patient Success: TAVR Saves Stella’s Life

By Adam Pick on January 26, 2015

I’m very fortunate to meet many patients with heart valve disease. It’s always interesting to hear how each patient has a unique story specific to their valvular disorder.

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On Veteran’s Day… We Salute Ray Tollefson, A World War II Hero & TAVR Recipient

By Adam Pick on November 11, 2014

On a day when we honor the people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, I wanted to salute Ray Tollefson from Michigan. Ray, who is 89 years old, was an Army Ranger during the infamous landing at Normandy during World War II, which is most commonly referred to as D-Day on June 6, 1944.

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Webinar Announcement: “Advances in Aortic Valve And Aortic Aneurysm Surgery” with Dr. Stewart & Me on July 17!

By Adam Pick on July 8, 2014

Did you know that approximately 40% of all heart valve operations focus on the aortic valve? And… Did you know that many of those procedures include the simultaneous treatment of bulging aortic aneurysms due to conditions like aortic stenosis, aortic regurgitation and bicuspid aortic valves?

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“What Percent of Heart Valve Operations Use Minimally Invasive Approaches?” asks Elliot

By Adam Pick on December 17, 2013

I received a very interesting question from Elliot about minimally invasive procedures for heart valve operations.

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Patient Success Story: After TAVR Procedure, John Gerlits Is Out Of The Hospital In Two Days!

By Adam Pick on October 25, 2013

Recently, I met John Gerlits, a patient diagnosed with aortic valve stenosis four years ago. As John had a history of heart disease, he qualified for the new transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure. If you didn’t know, TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure in which the aortic valve is replaced without an incision to the patient’s sternum or ribs.

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Surgeon Q&A: “What Determines the Transfemoral or Transapical Approach for TAVR?” Asks Denise

By Adam Pick on September 18, 2013

Given the recent FDA approval of transcateher aortic valve replacement devices (TAVR), I continue to receive interesting questions from our patient community. For example, Denise recently wrote to me, “Hi Adam – My mom is 84 years old and diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis. We’re researching the possibility of using the catheter valve to help her. I’ve read that the valve can be inserted through the groin or through the heart. What determines the way in which this valve is implanted? Is one better than the other? Thanks, Denise.”

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