Patient Stories Blog - Page 8

By Adam Pick

Beautiful Waves Inspire Paul To Endure Heart Valve Surgery

By Adam Pick on April 2, 2010

Lately, a wonderful email is going around the Internet about the wave photography of Clark Little, a Hawaiian photographer and surfer. Each time I see the email, I am excited to click on it. And, each time, I end up sighing, “Wowwwwwwwwwwww”, as I scroll through the magical pictures.

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Guided Imagery Helps Sam Prepare For Heart Valve Surgery

By Adam Pick on March 24, 2010

As we have learned together, there are several strategies and tactics that patients can use to best prepare for their heart valve surgery. Specific to this point, I just received an insightful email from Sam Swerdlow about using guided imagery CDs prior to surgery. Here is what Sam wrote:

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“Looking Back To See How Far I’ve Come” By Amy Machtay

By Adam Pick on March 21, 2010

I recently launched a new section of this website called Heart Valve Journals. This interactive tool was designed to help patients, families and friends communicate before-and-after heart surgery. Already, several hundred people have signed up for this free service.

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After Mitral Valve Repair, Ashish Gets Past Constipation To Feel “Endless Love”

By Adam Pick on March 20, 2010

It feels great to wake up, turn on the computer, click my inbox and open a patient success story.

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Patient Spotlight: After Ups And Downs, Beverly Simmons Turns 83 In The Hospital

By Adam Pick on March 12, 2010

I just wanted to send my thoughts and prayers to Beverly Simmons of Fullerton, California, as she continues her early recovery at St. Jude’s hospital.

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From Stroke To Heart Valve Replacement To The Gym… Kevin’s Story

By Adam Pick on March 3, 2010

I just received a very, very, very educational and inspirational story from Kevin Haines about stroke, heart valve replacement, rehab, Coumadin and cardiac depression. That said, I thought you might enjoy it…

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In Portugal, Filomeno Gets A Carbomedics Aortic Valve Replacement (Video)

By Adam Pick on February 26, 2010

There is nothing better than waking up, enjoying a cup of coffee, turning on the computer and finding a patient success story in my inbox.

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After Mitral Valve Repair, Blood Clots, A-Fib and Excess Fluid, Duane Is… Home!

By Adam Pick on February 9, 2010

It is often said that heart surgery can be a physical and emotional rollercoaster for patients. There are ups… And, there are downs.

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Even With A Crooked Scar, Sandy Is Extremely Thankful

By Adam Pick on December 26, 2009

I just received an interesting email from Sandy which addresses a key point and warning for patients – especially women. That said, I thought you might like to learn more about Sandy’s heart valve surgery experience. Here is what she wrote to me:

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Jack LaLanne, Fitness Guru, Recovering From Heart Valve Surgery

By Adam Pick on December 19, 2009

In addition to Robin Williams, Barbara Bush, Elizabeth Taylor, Ed Koch and many other public figures who had heart valve surgery in 2009…

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David Shifts From Edwards Lifesciences’ Employee To Patient

By Adam Pick on December 3, 2009

Some may call David’s story ironic. I call it fantastic. That said, I thought you might find this unique story of interest. Here is what David wrote to me:

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Kelly’s “Watchful Waiting” Ends With A Medtronic Pig Valve, Thanks To Dr. Miller

By Adam Pick on November 28, 2009

Kelly just sent me this very interesting story which touches on several critical factors specific to heart valve surgery from the patient perspective. That said, I thought you might want to learn about Kelly and her surgeon, Dr. Kevin Miller. Here is what she wrote to me:

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In Memory Of Valerie Fisher Raley Moriarty

By Adam Pick on November 17, 2009

It has been a very tough morning for me. Without a doubt, these are the hardest blogs to write.

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After Heart Valve Repair, Cindy Takes Mosquito For A Horseback ride!

By Adam Pick on November 9, 2009

It feels great to receive and share patient success stories from all over the world. That said, I thought you might enjoy reading about Cindy, her horse (Mosquito) and her recovery from heart valve repair surgery. She writes…

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“Asthma Relief And Clear Lungs After Heart Valve Surgery!” Moos Don

By Adam Pick on October 17, 2009

I just received a great patient story from Annette about asthma and heart valve disease.  Here is what she writes:

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After Heart Valve Surgery, Anita Hikes, Climbs And Camps Through The Adirondacks!

By Adam Pick on October 14, 2009

I just received a fantastic, patient update from Anita. As you can read below, Anita is hiking and camping just six months after mitral valve repair surgery. Here is what Anita wrote to me:

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Sarah’s Endocarditis, Swine Flu (H1N1 Virus) And Heart Valve Scare

By Adam Pick on October 14, 2009

I just received a roller coaster email from Sarah about endocarditis, swine flu (H1N1 virus) and heart valves that made my head spin. In the end, Sarah raises some great points for patients and caregivers about endocarditis, swine flu, fevers, false tests and dental work. Here is what she writes:

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Elizabeth Taylor’s Heart Valve Surgery, A MitraClip Success Story

By Adam Pick on October 10, 2009

Elizabeth Taylor just announced that her heart valve repair was successful, adding that “it is like having a brand new ticker.”

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After Insurance Switch, Bobbie Gets Successful Heart Valve Repair By Dr. Greg Fontana

By Adam Pick on October 8, 2009

I just received a great patient story from Bobbie Ayala about insurance providers, misdiagnosis, her procedure and Dr. Fontana. Without further ado, here is what Bobbie wrote me:

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From Brazil to Cleveland, Patrick Fights For Minimally Invasive Surgery

By Adam Pick on September 11, 2009

One of the critcal learnings from my heart valve surgery experience was:

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