Patient Stories Blog - Page 6

By Adam Pick

In Memory of Cindy Pastrano, Wife and Mother

By Adam Pick on May 18, 2012

I am very, very, very sad to report that Cindy Pastrano, a fellow patient from San Antonio, Texas, recently passed away.

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In Florida, Heart Valve Surgery Buddies Gather To Celebrate Life

By Adam Pick on March 21, 2012

The stories coming out of Heart Valve Journals have touched, moved and inspired me. 

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With A “Top 10 Heart Song List” and Jeff Shebovsky By His Side, Jim Readies For His 2nd Mitral Valve Repair

By Adam Pick on March 12, 2012

There is not a day that goes by in which I am not inspired by you – the patients and caregivers of this community.

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In Memory of Kelly

By Adam Pick on March 2, 2012

When starting a post like this, I don’t really know what to say… Or, how to say it.

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Nancy, Jeff and Mitch Inspire Each Other With A “Thumbs Up” Before, During & After Heart Valve Surgery!

By Adam Pick on February 7, 2012

When I created Heart Valve Journals, I didn’t know if anyone would actually use it. Now, a few years later, I am amazed at how patients and caregivers are using this social network to support each other through heart valve surgery.

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Today, My Thoughts Are With Kelly & Mitch

By Adam Pick on February 2, 2012

Over the past few months, many patients and caregivers in our community have been fortunate to meet Kelly Nugent and Mitch Friedman at Heart Valve Journals, our social network.

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Meet Mitch, Our Newest “Featured Patient” At Heart Valve Journals

By Adam Pick on January 23, 2012

I’m amazed by how fast Heart Valve Journals, our social network for patients and caregivers, continues to grow. I’m also very touched by the stories shared within this caring community.

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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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