Before Surgery Blog - Page 2

By Adam Pick

“Incision Site Or Full Body Shave?” Asks Shirley

By Adam Pick on April 19, 2010

I just received an interesting question from Shirley about hair removal prior to heart valve surgery.

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“Any Last Words To Calm My Fears?” Asks Carole

By Adam Pick on December 24, 2009

Carole just sent me an email that touches on a common, patient emotion prior to surgery… fear.

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“Did You Travel For Heart Valve Surgery?” Asks Carol

By Adam Pick on September 25, 2009

I just received a great question from Carol about traveling for heart valve surgery.

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“What Happens During A Transesophageal Echocardiogram?” Asks Sophie

By Adam Pick on September 5, 2009

I just received a great, follow-up question about medical tests used to diagnose heart valve disease from Sophie.

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“Did You Get An M.R.I. Before Heart Valve Surgery?” Asks Gregg

By Adam Pick on August 23, 2009

Through your stories and my ongoing research, I have learned that properly diagnosing heart valve disease can be tricky. That said, I always encourage patients to get a second opinion prior to any surgical treatment (if possible).

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“Did You Exercise Before Heart Valve Surgery?” Asks Leticia

By Adam Pick on August 10, 2009

I just received a great question from Leticia about exercise prior to heart valve surgery.

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Cordarone Before Heart Valve Surgery… Can You Help Bedora?

By Adam Pick on July 20, 2009

Bedora just sent me an interesting question about the use of Cordarone before heart surgery. If you are unfamiliar with Cordarone, this drug is used as an anti-arrhythmic. It works by stabilizing the heart rhythm in conditions in which the heart is beating too fast or in an irregular rhythm.

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“Can Medication Treat My Heart Valve Disease?” Asks Jimmy

By Adam Pick on July 6, 2009

Jimmy just sent me a great question about the use of medications to treat heart valve disease.

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“At 82, Is My Mom Too Old For Heart Valve Surgery?” Asks Barbara

By Adam Pick on July 3, 2009

I just received a very appropriate email from Barbara about her mother who is suffering from severe aortic heart valve stenosis.

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The ‘Other Side’ Of Patient & Caregiver Fear

By Adam Pick on May 18, 2009

I receive many each day about heart valve surgery, from both patients and caregivers. Unfortunately, many of these emails begin with opening statements like:

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