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By Adam Pick

“What Are The Signs And Symptoms Of Heart Valve Problems?” Asks Donna

By Adam Pick on April 26, 2009

I just received an interesting email from Donna about the signs and symptoms of heart valve problems.

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Does A Heart Valve Heal Itself?

By Adam Pick on April 22, 2009

Kenny writes to me, “Hi Adam – My grandma needs open heart surgery, according to my parents. They tell me she has mitral regurgitation and it’s really bad. I’m curious to know, “Can a heart valve heal itself?”.  What do you think? Kenny”

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“Were You Anxious Before Heart Surgery?” Asks Ann

By Adam Pick on January 22, 2009

If you have an anxious personality, please consider the following…

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Ken Suggests Echocardiogram Alternatives For Valve Disease Diagnosis

By Adam Pick on December 10, 2008

As you may know, many patients and caregivers stress the importance of getting a second opinion prior to surgery. Without a doubt, second opinions are a critical step for validating or challenging a primary diagnosis of valvular diseases including mitral regurgitation and aortic stenosis.

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“What Is A Normal Ejection Fraction Value?” Asks Simone

By Adam Pick on November 25, 2008

I just received a question from Simone about her 66-year old father. Her email reads, “Hi Adam – My father was just diagnosed with severe mitral regurgitation. This is a very stressful time. His cardiologist rattled off a bunch of terms and numbers which suggested valve replacement. One of those terms was ejection fraction (I think). What does that mean? Are there normal ejection fraction values? Is there a normal ejection fraction range? Thanks, Simone”

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Julie’s Blood Bank Concerns, Remorse And Advice

By Adam Pick on November 12, 2008

I just received an email from Julie that contains several, ongoing concerns specific to blood banks and heart valve surgery. If you are a patient or caregiver preparing for heart surgery, I encourage you to continue reading this post.

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Mike’s Testimonial For Getting Second Opinions BEFORE Heart Surgery

By Adam Pick on November 11, 2008

Yes, I’m going to keep stressing this point for all the future patients and caregivers reading this blog…

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Top 5 INVISIBLE Things Patients Should Bring To The Hospital

By Adam Pick on October 29, 2008

The day before patients enter the hospital, they usually pack a travel bag.

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Patient Dilemma: Watch and Wait? Or, Roll The Dice?

By Adam Pick on October 6, 2008

It’s a troublesome, patient dilemma..

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“How Should I Physically Prepare For Heart Surgery?” Asks Lloyd

By Adam Pick on October 3, 2008

On the topic of preparing for heart surgery…

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