Recovery Blog - Page 5

By Adam Pick

“Open Heart Surgery And Hair Loss?” Asks Tim

By Adam Pick on July 23, 2009

I just received a very interesting question about hair loss and heart surgery from Tim.

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"High Heart Rate After Heart Surgery?" Asks Pete

By Adam Pick on June 23, 2009

I just received a great question from Pete about high heart rates after open heart surgery.

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Vertigo, Headaches & Vision Problems After Heart Valve Surgery… Can You Help Mandy?

By Adam Pick on June 22, 2009

I just received a very interesting email from Mandy about heart valve surgery, vertigo, headaches and vision complications after heart surgery. As you can read below, Mandy is asking for all of our help.

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“Memory Loss After Heart Surgery?” Asks Paige

By Adam Pick on June 19, 2009

I just received an interesting question about memory loss after heart valve surgery from Paige Mitchell of Virginia.

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Patricia, 71, Experiences Hoarse Voice After Difficult Intubation

By Adam Pick on June 7, 2009

Thanks to a great support group and medical team, I made a full recovery after my double heart valve surgery. However, I did experience a series of physical and emotional challenges during my recovery. One of those challenges was specific to my voice. As Robyn (my wife) could tell you, my voice became incredibly hoarse following surgery.

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“When Were You 100% Recovered From Open Heart Surgery?” Asks Holly

By Adam Pick on June 2, 2009

On the topic of heart valve surgery recovery, I just received a very important question from Holly.

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After 57 Cardiac Rehab Sessions, Charles Feels Very Fortunate

By Adam Pick on May 31, 2009

When talking with patients and caregivers about heart surgery recovery, I can never say enough about cardiac rehabilitation programs. I hear from patients over-and-over-and-over-and-over again about how valuable cardiac rehabilitation programs are for their physical, social and mental well-being after heart surgery.

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“Did Your Heart Pound Like Crazy After Valve Surgery?” Asks Josh

By Adam Pick on May 21, 2009

Josh just asked me an important, post-operative question about elevated heartbeat sensations after heart valve surgery and aneurysm repair. I responded below but, if you are a former patient, maybe you can help Josh by leaving a comment as well? Here is what he writes:

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Can You Get Life Insurance After Heart Valve Surgery?

By Adam Pick on May 19, 2009

I’m not sure if you remember… But, I have been trying to get life insurance after my heart valve surgery for a lonnnnnnnnnnnnnng time.

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“How Long Were You In The Intensive Care Unit After Heart Surgery?” Asks Cindy

By Adam Pick on May 9, 2009

Cindy, from Illinois, just asked me a fantastic question about heart valve surgery and the intensive care unit (ICU).

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“Is Constipation After Heart Surgery Normal?” Asks Dahlia

By Adam Pick on May 6, 2009

I just received a very important question from Dahlia about constipation and heart surgery.

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“Do All Heart Valve Surgery Patients Go To Cardiac Rehab?” Asks Eva

By Adam Pick on May 4, 2009

In response to a recent blog titled, “Do I Have Cardiac Depression?”, I just received a follow-up question from Eva. She writes, “Adam: Does every heart valve surgery patient go to cardiac rehabilitation?”

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"Do You Have Before-And-After Pictures Of Your Chest?" Asks Jake

By Adam Pick on April 15, 2009

I just received an interesting email from Jake.

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“Vitamins After Heart Surgery?” Asks Mario

By Adam Pick on April 15, 2009

Mario just wrote to me, “Hey Adam, my name is Mario Luera (age: 33) and I had aortic valve replacement in October, 2008. I am recovering well and just finished my cardiac rehab. I’m about to start on a workout program. My question to you is what type of vitamins/ supplements are you taking and what to stay away from? My cardiologist told me to just take a multivitamin everyday. Thanks for your time! Mario”

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Does Rob Lowe Have Cardiac Depression After Heart Surgery?

By Adam Pick on March 23, 2009

I don’t know if you like the television show Brothers and Sisters, Sunday nights on ABC. But, Robyn (my very pregnant wife) and I really enjoy watching the trials-and-tribulations of the Walker family.

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Certified Dog Therapist, Dyno, Visits Erik In Hospital

By Adam Pick on March 23, 2009

I could not resist posting this very, very, very interesting note from Erik. I never knew that certified dog therapists existed!

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“When Is The Heart And Sternum Healed?” Asks Kerrigan

By Adam Pick on March 19, 2009

Earlier today, Kerrigan and I exchanged emails about the recovery from open heart surgery. Specifically, we discussed the physical healing of the broken sternum and the heart.

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“How Long Will I Be In The Hospital?” Asks Wayne

By Adam Pick on March 16, 2009

I just received a great question from Wayne. He writes, “Adam – I’ve been following Barbara Bush’s heart valve surgery. Mostly because, at the ripe age of 62, I’ll be having my mitral valve replaced due to severe regurgitation from prolapse (To learn more about prolapsed mitral valves, click here.). I think Barbara was in the hospital for 9 days. Is it common for valve patients to be in the hospital for that long? Thanks for all that you do! Wayne”

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“Anxiety After Aortic Valve Replacement Surgery?” Asks Rochelle

By Adam Pick on March 4, 2009

Managing anxiety before heart surgery can be quite challenging for patients and their caregivers. However, Rochelle just asked me an interesting question about dealing with anxiety after heart surgery. Here is what she writes:

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"What’s The Worst Thing About The Hospital?" Asks Barbara

By Adam Pick on February 22, 2009

Barbara, a 57-year old patient from Georgia, just asked me a very honest question about heat valve surgery and hospitals.

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