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Heart Valve Replacement Surgery – How Successful Is It?

By Adam Pick on March 10, 2008

I just received a great question via email. In fact, this particular question brought back memories to when I was first diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis and told that I needed heart valve replacement surgery.

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Miles Edwards’ First Mechanical Heart Valve Replacement

By Adam Pick on February 24, 2008

“What is that thing Adam is holding in his hand?” you may wondering.

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Happy Anniversary Raye! One Year After Heart Valve Replacement!

By Adam Pick on February 19, 2008

I wake up pretty early. Usually no later than 5:30am. Robyn (my wife) stays in bed while I make the coffee. A few minutes later, I’m in my office turning on my computer.

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Will Heart Valve Manufacturers Consolidate And Gobble Up Each Other?

By Adam Pick on November 27, 2007

Are you seeing what I’m seeing in the world of heart valve manufacturers?

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What Is The Life Expectancy After Heart Valve Replacement Surgery?

By Adam Pick on November 5, 2007

I’m on day three of my work trip through Japan. So far, Tokyo is very impressive and… very crowded! I almost had a panic attack walking through the train stations this morning. So many people! I’ve since learned that Tokyo is one of the most populated cities in the world, with a population over 12 million.

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Heart Valve Replacement Manufacturers – Who Are They?

By Adam Pick on November 5, 2007

A great topic… Heart Valve Manufacturers.

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What Are The Heart Valve Replacement Surgery Risks?

By Adam Pick on November 4, 2007

There are a lots and lots of questions that race through a patient’s mind when he or she is diagnosed as “needing heart valve replacement surgery”.

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Heart Valve Size – How Big Is A Heart Valve?

By Adam Pick on October 31, 2007

I just received a fantastic question. The question reads, “Adam… Do you know how big our heart valves are?”

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How Long Does A Mechanical Mitral Valve Replacement Last?

By Adam Pick on October 4, 2007

Finally, somewhat of an easy question… (You guys have been tough on me lately!)

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What Is A Xenograft?

By Adam Pick on September 21, 2007

I don’t know about you… But, when I was diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis and valve regurgitation I became a heart valve research fanatic. I read up on every possible heart valve option, surgical procedure, the top cardiothoracic surgeons, etc.

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Can I Really Get A Pig Valve Replacement?

By Adam Pick on September 19, 2007

Yes. It’s true… For patients requiring heart valve replacement surgery, one of your surgical options will be a pig valve replacement (also known as a porcine valve and a bioprosthetic heart valve).

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What Are The Common Coumadin Medication Interactions?

By Adam Pick on September 3, 2007

As we’ve talked about before, Coumadin (Warfarin Sodium) is used by patients following heart valve replacement in which mechanical heart valves are selected by the patient and/ or surgeon. You can click here to learn more about Coumadin medication and its long-term use for preventing blood clots on mechanical heart valves following heart valve surgery.

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What Is The Medtronic Hancock Porcine Heart Valve?

By Adam Pick on September 1, 2007

There are several choices a patient will make as they prepare for heart valve replacement surgery – the surgeon, the hospital, the procedure, where to recover, etc.

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Are There Coumadin And Prilosec Contraindications To Be Aware Of?

By Adam Pick on August 31, 2007

The other day, I wrote a blog about the Contraindications of Ultram and Coumadin. Since then, I have been bombarded with questions about other potential issues, conflicts and side-effects of Coumadin (Warfarin Sodium). That said, I will respond to each of your questions over the next few weeks. To advance this topic, I have consulted with a psychiatrist who might be co-blogging with me on this subject.

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Porcine Valves – What is A Porcine Heart Valve Replacement?

By Adam Pick on August 27, 2007

I just received an email from Eddie who is preparing for his heart valve replacement surgery. Eddie has mitral valve prolapse and severe mitral regurgitation. Eddie is 67 years old and is considering a tissue valve. Specifically, Eddie is leaning towards a porcine valve (aka a pig valve) and has several questions.

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