By Adam Pick on March 4, 2009
Interest in minimally invasive procedures for heart valve surgery is increasing for both medical device manufacturers and patients. As we learned last week, Medtronic spent over $1 billion to acquire CoreValve and Ventor Technologies, two companies that specialize in non-invasive valve replacement technologies for diseased aortic valves.
By Adam Pick on January 30, 2009
I just received this educational and inspirational note from Dr. Leo Hernandez, MD. I thought you might enjoy reading, seeing and learning about Leo’s heart valve surgery journey. He writes:
By Adam Pick on January 28, 2009
I just received the most fantastic picture of 5-year old Garrison Griffith. His mother, Vanessa, sent me this picture along with a very reassuring note about her son’s heart valve surgery.
By Adam Pick on January 27, 2009
By Adam Pick on January 13, 2009
By Adam Pick on January 9, 2009
Some patients simply have “It”. The “It” is an incredibly positive attitude towards open heart surgery.
By Adam Pick on January 3, 2009
The term medical tourism is relatively new. But, more and more, I am hearing of patients traveling to places like India for surgical procedures including heart valve repair and heart valve replacement.
By Adam Pick on December 24, 2008
This email just came in from Lisa, a registered nurse from Colorado, who had mitral valve repair surgery less than two weeks ago. I thought you might appreciate reading about Lisa’s experience, her attitude toward heart surgery and her early recovery. Here is what she wrote:
By Adam Pick on December 16, 2008
By Adam Pick on December 4, 2008
Something wonderful comes over me when I receive a thoughtful email from a loving caregiver.
By Adam Pick on November 28, 2008
There is nothing better than receiving inspirational, patient success stories from my readers.
By Adam Pick on October 27, 2008
Rodney Dangerfield, who played the role of Al Czervik in the cult-classic Caddyshack, is still quoted when my family and I need a laugh. During the 1980s, we huddled around our high-tech, Betamax movie system to watch this legendary actor in the incredibly funny, golf comedy co-starring Chevy Chase, Bill Murray and Ted Knight.
By Adam Pick on October 14, 2008
I stress A LOT of things for patients to “watch out for” as they prepare for heart valve surgery. One of the most critical, potential pitfalls in this complex process is poor surgeon selection. As we all know, there is risk in any type of surgery. But, finding the right cardiac surgeon (with extensive experience) can minimize that risk.
By Adam Pick on October 12, 2008
Over the years, I have collected many insightful and inspirational quotes from patients about their heart valve surgery procedures. Personally, I learned A LOT from former patients as I prepared for my own aortic valve replacement. Receiving direct advice from patients really helped me understand the potential ups and downs of heart surgery.
By Adam Pick on October 11, 2008
By Adam Pick on October 10, 2008
Every few days, I receive a detailed email that illustrates just how poorly patients can be prepared for the realities of cardiac surgery.
By Adam Pick on October 6, 2008
This is a great, inspirational story about Lynn, mitral valve replacement and his bike. Lynn writes…
By Adam Pick on October 5, 2008
The genetic links of heart valve disease are fairly well documented.
By Adam Pick on October 2, 2008
When it comes to heart valve disease, professional athletes are just like us. We have heart valve surgery. Guess what? They have heart valve surgery.
By Adam Pick on September 21, 2008
Every once-and-a-while, I receive patient email that is both curious and comical. This email, from Greg (in Oregon), qualifies as one of those special emails…