Patient Stories Blog - Page 11

By Adam Pick

In Memory Of Young, Smiling Sasha Bartin

By Adam Pick on September 16, 2008

I just read this tragic story from The Telegraph in the United Kingdom. My thoughts and prayers are with Sasha, her family and her friends.

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All About Dressler’s Syndrome – Ken’s Complication

By Adam Pick on September 5, 2008

I just received an email from Ken – a fellow patient who had aortic valve replacement surgery earlier this year. Like many heart surgery patients, Ken experienced a complication after heart surgery. Specifically, Ken had an issue with Dressler’s Syndrome. If you are unfamiliar with Dressler’s Syndrome, I have provided some information below from the Mayo Clinic:

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“Anyone Else Have A Leaking Heart Valve From Radiation… Like Me?” Asks Charlotte

By Adam Pick on September 5, 2008

As you can read below, Charlotte is dealing with a unique patient condition. In her email, Charlotte asks me whether or not I know of any patients with a similar diagnosis. Unfortunately, I don’t. That said, I thought it would be a good idea to post her email in my blog to see if anyone out there can help Charlotte. Here is what she wrote to me:

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After Aortic And Mitral Valve Surgery, Charles Revs Up The Motorhome

By Adam Pick on August 29, 2008

When I wake up in the morning, there is nothing better than opening an email like this… 🙂

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Lil’ Sammy Gets Functional, Not Structural, Heart Murmur Diagnosis!!!

By Adam Pick on August 29, 2008

It’s never easy talking to parents about their children with heart murmurs.

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Iraqi President, Jalal Talabani, Has Heart Valve Surgery At Mayo Clinic

By Adam Pick on August 15, 2008

The list of political figures having heart valve surgery continues to grow. In addition to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and former Senator Jessie Helms, I just learned that Iraqi President, Jalal Talabani, was discharged Thursday from the Mayo Clinic after undergoing successful surgery on a heart valve.

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Golfing, Heart Surgery And Dennis’ Hole-In-One

By Adam Pick on August 13, 2008

I stunk at golf before heart surgery. Really, in thinking about it, that might be an understatement. Now, it is several years after my open heart surgery.

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Gail’s Pounding Heartbeat Question Triggers A Memory

By Adam Pick on August 9, 2008

There are some things about my aortic valve replacement surgery that I will never, ever, never, ever, nehhhhh-verrrrr forget. (To learn more, click here.)

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From ICU Nurse To ICU Patient To Cardiac Depression… Carol’s Story

By Adam Pick on August 9, 2008

I just received this wildly coincidental email from Carol. It’s amazing to read about Carol’s perspective on heart valve surgery, considering she was formerly an intensive care unit (ICU) nurse. Here is what she wrote:

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Frustration, Nerves, Leaking Heart Valves, Test Results And Non-Surgical Options

By Adam Pick on August 9, 2008

Dan, from California, wrote me an interesting email that I could relate to whole-heartedly. Here is Dan’s email and my response:

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“No-Blood” Open Heart Surgery For Jehovah’s Witnesses… For Cindi’s Mom

By Adam Pick on August 9, 2008

It doesn’t matter what sex you are, what race you are, what country you are from or what religion you are… Heart valve disease has and will continue to impact most segments of the population.

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After Aortic Valve Replacement, Dean Gets ‘Cheesecake Factory’ Delivered To Colorado Hospital

By Adam Pick on August 2, 2008

I’m incredibly lucky to receive touching and memorable letters from heart valve surgery patients and caregivers all over the world. In particular, I consider it a special honor when one of my book readers includes me on his or her email list during their heart surgery recovery.

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Like Many Patients, Jim Lehrer Is Very Thankful After A Successful Aortic Valve Replacement Operation

By Adam Pick on July 13, 2008

You just don’t know how good you have it until life offers you a great, big piece of Humble Pie, right?

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Beyond The David Procedure For… David

By Adam Pick on June 15, 2008

After two heart surgeries in six days (yes, you read that right), David Barnes has quite the tale to tell. That said, I thought you might like to hear more about this inspirational and educational patient success story.

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“How To Tell Your Kids About Heart Surgery?” Asks Jerry

By Adam Pick on June 7, 2008

Every so often I receive a fantastic question that is impossible for me to answer.

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Washington Senator, Dan Swecker, To Undergo Heart Valve Replacement Surgery

By Adam Pick on May 30, 2008

The vice chairman of the state Senate minority caucus, Republican Dan Swecker of Rochester, is in the hospital with a heart problem. Swecker’s staff say he was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Washington by ambulance after what seemed to be a heart attack Saturday night.

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Ali’s 12 Night Hospital Stay With Her Mom, After Aortic Valve Replacment Surgery

By Adam Pick on May 22, 2008

I first met Ali, from Northern California, a few months ago. Her mother had been diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis and needed heart valve replacement. To learn more about narrowed heart valves, click here.

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Patient Update: Geoff On Heart Surgery Cost & Health Insurance

By Adam Pick on May 1, 2008

One set of recurring questions I receive from patients and caregivers relate to the costs of heart valve surgery and bypass operations. The questions typically go something like, “How much does a heart surgery cost?” or “How much does open heart surgery cost in the USA versus India?” or “How much will my insurance cover – including all the hospital costs, surgeon fees and anesthesia fees?”

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After Cancer and Heart Valve Surgery, Sara Recovers With Lucyfur

By Adam Pick on April 29, 2008

First, she had cancer as a child. After chemotherapy and radiation, she won that battle.

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