Patient Stories Blog - Page 10
By Adam Pick
Melinda Gets Pregnant With A Bicuspid Valve & Aneurysm
By Adam Pick on July 31, 2009
Over the past few months, several patients have written-in about pregnancy, child birth, heart valve disease and the complex issue of… surgery timing.
After Post-Operative Endocarditis Complications, Cheryl Remembers Carroll McDavitt (1928 – 2009)
By Adam Pick on July 28, 2009
Cheryl McDavitt wrote to me, “Please warn your readers of the dangers of this infection.”
After Fainting While Biking, Randy Is “Lucky To Be Alive”
By Adam Pick on July 10, 2009
Randy just sent me an email that made me think, “Wow! Scary! Oh My God! Phew! Good Move! Thank God! Great Job Dr. Werner! Way To Go Randy!” That said, I thought you might like to read it…
Shannon’s Unicuspid Heart Valve Discovery
By Adam Pick on June 9, 2009
You might remember Shannon’s last email about diseased heart valves, pregnancy and child birth. Well…. Here is her post-operative update:
Greece’s Ex-King Constantine Has Heart Valve Replacement Surgery
By Adam Pick on June 2, 2009
Heart valve disease really seems to be impacting royalty in 2009.
At 73, Sylvia Woolworth Was Physically And Mentally Fit For Heart Valve Surgery
By Adam Pick on May 27, 2009
Here is a fantastic patient success story from 73-year old, Sylvia Woolworth, of New Jersey. As you can read below, Sylvia’s preparation for heart valve surgery was… extra-ordinary!
Farmer & Triathlete, John O’Neill, Shares Inspirational Heart Valve Surgery Story
By Adam Pick on May 24, 2009
There is nothing better than waking up, kissing Ethan (my 6-week old son), turning on my computer, and opening an incredible email from one of my readers.
After Valve Surgery, Infection And Coma, Steve Hits 175 Miles Per Hour… Once Again!
By Adam Pick on April 22, 2009
I’ve said it before and I will say it again…
Heart Surgery, Pregnancy, Labor And Baby Delivery… Can You Help Shannon?
By Adam Pick on April 22, 2009
I recently received a very interesting email from Shannon about heart surgery, pregnancy, labor and baby delivery. In her note to me, Shannon asks for help from other patients about delivering a baby after heart valve surgery. Can you help her?
After Double Heart Valve Surgery And Aortic Root Repair, Jonathan Smiles In Traffic
By Adam Pick on April 11, 2009
Talk about an incredible, patient attitude towards heart valve surgery? I thought all of you might appreciate reading about Jonathan Abramson… Here is Jonathan’s story:
After Delayed Stroke, Jeff Gets Recovery Back On Track
By Adam Pick on March 31, 2009
As a follow-up to an earlier blog about stroke and heart surgery (see “Is Stroke A Risk During Heart Surgery?“), I just received this patient update from Jeff. You can tell that Jeff’s positive attitude is going to help him throughout his recovery. Here is what he writes:
In Memory Of George Soldan… And, His Durable Aortic Pig Valve
By Adam Pick on March 30, 2009
I often tell patients that heart valve surgery should be perceived as a medical miracle.
After Aortic Valve Replacement, Mavis Shares Four Heart Surgery Lessons
By Adam Pick on March 27, 2009
Here’s an interesting email I just received from Mavis. Nine weeks after heart valve replacement, Mavis has created four, key “heart valve surgery lessons” to share with our community. Here is what she writes:
Even With Recovery Challenges, Josh Feels “New Lease On Life” After Heart Valve Surgery
By Adam Pick on March 16, 2009
Here is an insightful, patient story about Josh from Oregon. As you can read below, Josh offers a unique glimpse into some of the common challenges and opportunities patients experience during early heart surgery recovery. I say “early” because Josh had his operation less than two weeks ago.
Marathoner, Jarrett Roberts, Discovers “Second Chance” After Heart Valve Repair
By Adam Pick on March 7, 2009
There is nothing better than waking up in the morning, putting on my robe and slippers, grabbing a cup of coffee, turning on my computer and reading an inspirational, patient story like the one below. Plus, Jarrett’s thoughts about the “waddling penguins” and the “Adam Tinmen” made me giggle. That said, I thought you might like to read about Jarrett Roberts. He writes:
Barbara Bush Recovering From Heart Valve Surgery
By Adam Pick on March 5, 2009
Yesterday, Barbara Bush, at 83 years of age, joined a long list of public figures to have undergone successful heart valve surgery.
Mini-Thoracotomy For Heart Valve Replacement… Jim’s Story
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.
Doctor And Mountain Climber, Leo Hernandez, Recovering From Bicuspid Valve Replacement
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:
After Ross Procedure, Garrison Doing Great!!!
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.
A Loose Alfieri Stitch Does Not Stop Leslie’s One-Year Anniversary Celebration!
By Adam Pick on January 27, 2009
I just received an anniversary note from Leslie Lafayette in California. I thought you might like to read how she is doing one year after robotic mitral valve repair surgery.