By Adam Pick on April 26, 2009
I just received an interesting email from Donna about the signs and symptoms of heart valve problems.
By Adam Pick on April 22, 2009
By Adam Pick on January 22, 2009
If you have an anxious personality, please consider the following…
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.
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”
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.
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…
By Adam Pick on October 29, 2008
The day before patients enter the hospital, they usually pack a travel bag.
By Adam Pick on October 6, 2008
It’s a troublesome, patient dilemma..
By Adam Pick on October 3, 2008
On the topic of preparing for heart surgery…