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Why Did 100 Patients & Care Partners Get a Standing Ovation at Patient Day 2018 at Edwards Lifesciences in Irvine, California?

By Adam Pick on September 17, 2018

Something special recently happened.  More than 100 patients and their care partners traveled to Edwards Lifesciences, a leading heart valve manufacturer in Irvine, California, to meet each other, to share their stories and to inspire action within our community – the heart valve patient community.

This day is appropriately called… Patient Day!!!!!

Luckily, Edwards hired us to film the wonderful moments of this unique event that included meet-and-greets with the heart valve assembly teams, panel and group discussions, a campus and manufacturing tour and more.  One of my favorite parts of the day was watching patients meet the Edwards employees who made their valves by hand.

Ready to see what happened at Patient Day 2018? Watch the video below…


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Website Update: “Free Educational eBooks” Section Launches!

By Adam Pick on September 6, 2018

Great news!

We are continuing the roll-out of 5.0 with a new educational section of the website.  As you may know, we have created several free eBooks over the years to help educate and empower patients with heart valve disease.  Since our initial post, these eBooks have been downloaded over 40,000 times. However, we never had a central place on the website to make these eBooks available to our community. Well… That changes today!



I am happy to announce that we just launched a “Free Educational eBooks” section of the website.  Now, you can access our free eBooks — including “5 Critical Questions Answered for Patients”, “Advances in Transcatheter Heart Valve Therapy”,  “Advantages of Mitral Valve Repair” and more.

I hope the free eBooks help you along your journey to a healthy heart!

Keep on tickin!

We Rise To #2 On Feedspot’s 2018 Top Heart Blogs & Websites Rankings!

By Adam Pick on August 9, 2018

Unexpected!  We rise!

I just learned that ranks #2 in FeedSpot’s 2018 Top Heart Blogs & Websites.  Compared to 2017, our ranking increased from the #3 position.  What an honor!



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Yes, Marie! The “Upcoming Surgery Schedule” Is Now Mobile!

By Adam Pick on August 9, 2018

Hi everybody!

I’m getting wonderful feedback from our patient community about the website relaunch on the new 5.0 platform.  As I mentioned here, this was a “Phase 1.0” launch of the website that updated over 10,000 pages of information across the website.


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HeartValveSurgery 5.0 Launches Now!

By Adam Pick on July 27, 2018

Great news everybody!

Thanks to your thoughtful feedback and wonderful support, I’m excited to share that we just re-launched  So you know, this is the fifth re-launch of the website since we started it in 2006.  In the last 12 years, we’ve had over 10 million website visits.  With this new platform, I believe we are now ready to help educate and empower even more people fighting heart valve disease.


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