Patient Stories Blog - Page 6

By Adam Pick

After Aortic Valve Replacement, Sylvia Continues On As “Mrs. Claus”

By Adam Pick on December 15, 2011

Receiving updates from former patients is a great way to start the day. That said, I just heard from Sylvia Woolworth. You might recall that Sylvia, 76, had aortic valve replacement two years ago. (To learn more about aortic valve replacement, click here.)

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Today, My Thoughts Are With Sarah & Steve

By Adam Pick on December 14, 2011

I just spent some time at Heart Valve Journals, our social network for patients and caregivers going through heart valve surgery.

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Today, My Thoughts Are With Bill, Sherry & Terri

By Adam Pick on October 18, 2011

I just spent some time at Heart Valve Journals, our social network that connects patients, friends and family members. While there, I noticed that Bill, Sherry and Terri were scheduled for surgery during the next 24 hours.

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My Thoughts Are With Jim, Sara & Chris…

By Adam Pick on September 19, 2011

As Jim, Sara & Chris prepare for heart valve surgery this week, I wanted them to know that my thoughts are with them and their families.

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Patient Update: Dave Hooper Graduates From Cardiac Rehab!

By Adam Pick on September 16, 2011

As many of you know, I encourage all patients to participate in a cardiac rehabilitation program following heart valve surgery. Research shows that the physical and emotional benefits for patients attending post-operative cardiac rehab classes are significant but often under-utilized.

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With Bicuspid Aortic Valve, Sara Is Ready To Become A… Mommy

By Adam Pick on September 14, 2011

Lately, there have been a lot of patient comments and questions posted about pregnancy and heart valve disease. To extend this discussion, I wanted to share with you a fantastic email I just received from Sara Bloomfield. Sara writes to me:

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Facing Congestive Heart Failure, Mildred Burns, 83, Considers Heart Valve Replacement Surgery ‘The Best Decision Ever Made’

By Adam Pick on July 16, 2011

I just received an insightful email from Mildred Burns. At 83, Mildred was facing congestive heart failure and desperately needed an aortic valve replacement. I thought you might appreciate reading these encouraging words from Mildred about fear, a second heart surgery and quality of life…

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After Michael’s Heart Valve Replacement, The Rogers Family Turn Lemons Into “Lemon-Aid”

By Adam Pick on July 6, 2011

I am consistently inspired by the patients and caregivers that make-up this community.

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Today, My Thoughts Are With Jeff, Tammy & Kent

By Adam Pick on June 29, 2011

I just visited Heart Valve Journals, our interactive community where patients meet and learn from each other. While clicking through many of these amazing journals, guestbooks and photo sections, I noticed that during the next 24 hours Tammy, Jeff & Kent will be going in for heart valve surgery.

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For His 40th Birthday Present, Matt Unwraps A Mechanical Aortic Valve & Aortic Root Replacement

By Adam Pick on June 13, 2011

When diagnosed with a life threatening illness, such as severe heart valve disease, patients often confront uncomfortable emotions. Personally, I remember feelings of fear, anxiety and confusion. How me manage those emotions is often a test of our character, our courage, our self and our love for life.

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Judy Receives Over 1,110 Comments At HeartValveJournals.com!

By Adam Pick on June 4, 2011

In my opinion, this is quite inspiring and extraordinary…

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Bill Gets Successful Aortic Root & Aortic Valve Replacement Surgery, Thanks To Margarita And Dr. Stewart

By Adam Pick on May 22, 2011

It is an unexpected privilege and honor to support the patients and the caregivers of this community.

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After Aortic Valve Replacement, David Recommends Cardiac Rehab, The Incision Shield & Dr. Somers

By Adam Pick on May 17, 2011

I really enjoy hearing from patients after their heart valve procedures. Their stories are often filled with inspiration and unique patient perspective. For example, here is a recent email from David Hooper following his aortic valve replacement surgery.

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“Sarah Is ‘Mad As Hell’ But Doing Great After Heart Valve Surgery!” Says Pam

By Adam Pick on March 18, 2011

For those of you following the story of 5-year old Sarah Weir… I have great news to share!!!

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Big 5th Birthday Wishes And Heart Valve Prayers For Sarah!

By Adam Pick on March 10, 2011

When we started HeartValveJournals.com, our social network, I didn’t know what to expect. But now, 15 months later, I am constantly touched, moved and inspired by the patients and the caregivers who openly share their hearts in this special community.

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Don’t Miss Barbara Walters’ Heart Surgery Special: A Matter of Life & Death!

By Adam Pick on February 4, 2011

Thanks to Becky, I just learned that Barbara Walters is hosting a special program about heart surgery titled, “A Matter of Life & Death”. The show will air on ABC at 10pm (EST), Friday, February 4.

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Charles Schwab Undergoes Heart Valve Replacement Surgery

By Adam Pick on December 27, 2010

With the exception of Barbara Walters’ heart valve surgery in May, this year was relatively quiet for public figures needing heart valve repair or heart valve replacement operations. However, our list of “well-known patients” did expand during the final week of 2010.

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Inspiration Overload… Compliments Of The Iron Heart Racing Team

By Adam Pick on December 23, 2010

No need to preface this… Prepare for patient inspiration.

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Bob Uecker Requires Heart Valve Re-Operation Due To Infection

By Adam Pick on October 19, 2010

Considering our recent discussion about heart valve re-operations, often referred to as “Re-Dos”, I wanted to wish Bob Uecker a very successful surgery today. If you didn’t know, Bob Uecker — who was anointed  “Mr. Baseball” by Johnny Carson — will undergo his second heart valve surgery during the past six months.

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