Recovery Blog - Page 3

By Adam Pick

“Why Is My Husband Gaining Weight From Fluids After Heart Valve Surgery?” Asks Joanie

By Adam Pick on October 14, 2011

I just received an interesting question from Joanie. She writes, “Hi Adam – My husband had mitral valve repair surgery three days ago. I noticed that he’s gained 8 pounds since the surgery. The doctors say the gain is due to fluid intake. Is this common? What fluids did they use? How long until he loses the fluid? Thanks, Joanie.”

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Video: “Besides Sternum Wires, What Other Technologies Can Help The Chest Heal?” Asks Jane

By Adam Pick on September 20, 2011

As a follow-up to our recent discussion about chest pain and sternum wires, Jane sent me a great question about incision closure techniques. She writes, “Hi Adam – I’ve read good and bad things about the use of wires to close the sternum.  Are there any other technologies used to help the chest heal? Thanks, Jane”

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“Can My Sternum Wires Cause Chest Pain Two Years After Heart Valve Surgery?” Asks Jake

By Adam Pick on August 23, 2011

I just received a very interesting question from Jake about chest pain, sternum wires and heart valve surgery.

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“What Are Those Big Heart-Shaped Pillows Used For?” Asks Alice

By Adam Pick on April 15, 2011

Alice just sent me a great question about the use of heart-shaped pillows after heart valve surgery. She writes, “Hi Adam,  I’m 61-years old and preparing for a mitral valve repair due to mitral regurgitation disease. I can’t help but notice the huge pillows clutched by patients in several photos across your website. What are those used for? Thanks, Alice”

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“What About A Post-Operative Cough Following Heart Valve Surgery?” Asks Rob

By Adam Pick on January 21, 2011

I recently received an interesting question from Rob about a post-operative cough following heart valve surgery.

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“Can I Climb Stairs After Heart Surgery When I Return Home?” Asks Teri

By Adam Pick on December 6, 2010

I just received an excellent question from Teri about heart valve surgery recovery, climbing stairs and recliners.

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Special Interview: The Importance of Cardiac Rehabilitation For Heart Valve Surgery Patients With Dr. Ram Dandillaya

By Adam Pick on December 3, 2010

While the patient benefits of attending cardiac rehab after heart valve surgery are well documented, the utility of these post-operative programs remains disappointing — as only 20% of patients who could benefit from cardiac rehabilitation are referred to outpatient facilities.

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“Are Pacemaker Implants Common After Heart Valve Surgery?” Asks Frank

By Adam Pick on November 8, 2010

I just received an interesting question from Frank about heart rhythms after heart valve surgery. Frank writes, “I had a tricuspid valve repair, a Patent Foramen Ovalve (PFO) repaired and a Maze procedure performed in July.  Now, it appears I will need to have a pacemaker put in next week. I was told that my Atrioventricular (AV) node may have been damaged and I am now in “heart block”.  I was wondering if this is common?  Thanks Adam!”

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Patient Concern: Cardiac Rehab Referrals Continue To Disappoint

By Adam Pick on September 22, 2010

From my own experience and patient research, I know that the physical, social and mental benefits of attending a good cardiac rehabilitation program are overwhelming. Unfortunately, physician referrals of these patient programs are… underwhelming.

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Study: How Gender Impacts Enlarged Hearts After Valve Replacement

By Adam Pick on September 20, 2010

In the past, we’ve talked about the risks of valvular disorders and enlarged hearts. Recently, a study was released which further examined whether or not dilated hearts return to normal size after heart valve surgery. Interestingly, the study considered this post-operative objective from a male and female perspective.

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Patient Recovery Update: Kerrigan Stops Beta Blockers, Gains Energy and Improves Blood Pressure

By Adam Pick on September 12, 2010

Kerrigan just sent me a very interesting update about his heart valve surgery recovery. As his email touched on many patient issues — fatigue, blood pressure, beta blockers and patient advocacy — I thought you might enjoy his perspective and positive results.

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“How Often Should I Get An Echocardiogram After Heart Surgery?” Asks Jim

By Adam Pick on September 1, 2010

Jim just sent me this question about an echocardiogram after heart surgery. He writes, “Adam – How often should an echocardiogram be performed after surgery. I had my aortic valve replaced. Thanks, Jim”

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“How Long To Feel Like ‘You’ Again After Heart Valve Surgery?” Asks Patricia

By Adam Pick on July 25, 2010

Patricia just sent me an interesting question about heart valve surgery recovery.

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“When Can I Sleep On My Tummy After Heart Valve Surgery?” Asks Nicole

By Adam Pick on June 29, 2010

I just received an interesting question from Nicole about sleeping on your stomach after open heart surgery.

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“Will I Be Wearing Compression Stockings After Heart Surgery In The Intensive Care Unit?” Asks Dave

By Adam Pick on June 28, 2010

I just received a question from Dave about the use of compression stockings after heart surgery.

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Barbara Walters Recovering From Heart Valve Replacement Surgery (Updated)

By Adam Pick on May 10, 2010

In case you missed the Monday edition of “The View”, it was announced that Barbara Walters will be having heart valve replacement surgery sometime this week.

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Teddy Bears For Open Heart Surgery Patients?

By Adam Pick on May 8, 2010

I was just surfing the Internet when I came across a furry teddy bear designed for… Yes, you guessed it…. Recovering open heart surgery patients.

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“How Long Were You In Cardiac Depression?” Asks Mark

By Adam Pick on May 6, 2010

I just received a great question from Mark that relates to cardiac depression after heart valve surgery.

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Guest Blog: “Scarless Heart Valve Surgery For Women” By Dr. Giovanni Ciuffo

By Adam Pick on April 24, 2010

Earlier this week, I spoke with Dr. Giovanni Ciuffo, a minimally invasive and bloodless heart surgery specialist, at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. (As you may remember, Dr. Ciuffo wrote “Aortic Stenosis… The Neglected Child”.)

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