Patient Stories Blog - Page 9
By Adam Pick
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.
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…
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.
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.
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:
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…
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:
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:
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.
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…
“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:
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:
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:
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.”
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:
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:
In Arizona… Bruce Friedman, 76, Praises Dr. Jack Copeland After Mitral Valve Repair
By Adam Pick on September 8, 2009
There is nothing better than clicking my inbox and reading a patient success story from one of my readers! Thanks Bruce!
Mark’s Incredible Ride For The Make-A-Wish Foundation
By Adam Pick on August 26, 2009
There really is nothing better than waking up in the morning, turning on the computer, clicking my email inbox and receiving a patient success story from one of my readers.
Karate Instructor, John Doss, Recovers After Heart Valve Surgery
By Adam Pick on August 18, 2009
Here’s a great patient success story about John Doss, a 56-year old Karate instructor from Michigan. Doctor Ali Kafi, Chief of Clinical Cardiothoracic Surgery, from Detroit Medical Center, performed the aortic valve replacement.
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.