Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: April 1, 2021
By Adam Pick on December 10, 2020
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By Adam Pick on October 2, 2020
By Adam Pick on August 17, 2016
At the recent American Association for Thoracic Surgery meeting in Baltimore, I was very lucky to connect with Dr. Vinay Badhwar, the executive chair of the West Virginia University Heart & Vascular Institute. During our chat, we had a very interesting conversation about the differences between primary and secondary mitral regurgitation.
By Adam Pick on October 8, 2015
You asked the questions! We got the answers! That’s right… We’re ready to start our “Ask Me Anything” video series that was just filmed at the Heart Valve Summit in Chicago.
By Adam Pick on May 18, 2015
By Adam Pick on April 30, 2015
You asked the questions! I got the answers!
By Adam Pick on January 8, 2014
As mitral valve regurgitation is one of the most common forms of heart valve disease, I get a lot of great questions about it. The questions range from “What is leaky mitral regurgitation?” to “What are the causes of mitral valve regurg?” to “Is the disorder dangerous?”
By Adam Pick on May 24, 2013
One of the most common forms of heart valve disease is regurgitation, a disorder in which blood leaks backward across the patient’s aortic, mitral, pulmonary or tricuspid valve. So you know, my inbox is often filled with questions like, “What is a leaky heart valve?” and “Are leaking valves dangerous?” and “How are leaky valves treated?”
By Adam Pick on May 8, 2013
I received a great question from Andrea about the symptoms of heart valve disease. In her note, Andrea writes to me, “Hi Adam, My 81-year old mom is experiencing symptoms due to mitral regurgitation. She is constantly short of breath and has ankle swelling. My question is… Why are her ankles swelling? Will that go away after surgery?”
By Adam Pick on March 18, 2013
As many patients in our community have been diagnosed with mitral valve regurgitation, I recently met with Doctor Patrick McCarthy to better understand the important facts about this valvular disorder.
By Adam Pick on February 25, 2013
At the recent Society of Thoracic Surgeons conference, I was fortunate to reconnect with Dr. Junaid Khan, MD, the Director of Cardiovascular Services at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland, California. During our discussion, Dr. Khan shared an interesting analogy about heart murmurs that I felt was really helpful for patients.
By Adam Pick on January 18, 2013
I just received an interesting email from Jesse regarding mitral regurgitation, heart failure and echocardiograms.
By Adam Pick on July 10, 2012
This morning, I received a great email from Vicki which reads, “Hi Adam – Is mitral stenosis the same thing as a leaking heart valve?”
By Adam Pick on June 15, 2012
By Adam Pick on May 30, 2012
I just came across an interesting study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine about men and heart murmurs.
By Adam Pick on May 18, 2012
As we continue to track the new technologies impacting heart valve treatment, I thought you might like to know about an interesting treatment method for mitral regurgitation. The Mitralign device enables physicians to repair a mitral valve using a catheter-based procedure instead of an incision to the sternum or ribs.
By Adam Pick on February 8, 2012
I just received a great question from Julie about the progression of mitral regurgitation.
By Adam Pick on December 12, 2011
As a double heart valve surgery patient, I found Janelle’s recent question very interesting.
Heart Valve Summit Video #3: “What Is The Most Important Diagnostic Element To Consider PRIOR To Mitral Valve Surgery?” Asks Ken
By Adam Pick on November 4, 2011
I don’t know about you… But, when I was diagnosed with severe heart valve disease, I experienced several dislocating emotions. One of those emotions was confusion. As my cardiologist reviewed my echocardiogram, he used medical terms that were foreign to me.