Recovery Blog - Page 9

By Adam Pick

What About Sex After Heart Valve Surgery?

By Adam Pick on September 1, 2007

During my recovery from aortic and pulmonary valve replacements, there were many memorable experiences. There were “highs” during my recovery – my engagement to Robyn. And, there were “lows” during my recovery – cardiac depression.

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Are “Do It Yourself” Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs Available?

By Adam Pick on August 31, 2007

I must admit. Entering Torrance Memorial Cardiac Rehab Program was the turning point in my recovery from aortic and pulmonary heart valve replacements (known as the Ross Procedure). That said, I am a big, huge, tremendous fan of finding a good cardiac rehabilitation program following open heart surgery.

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Heart Palpitations… What Can You Do?

By Adam Pick on August 30, 2007

It was six months after my aortic and pulmonary valve replacements (known as the Ross Procedure). I was back at work sitting at my desk when….

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What Is It Like Recovering From Aortic Valve Surgery?

By Adam Pick on August 26, 2007

One of the most common questions I receive about heart valve surgery focuses on the “recovery”. As you can read in my story, I had a special type of aortic valve surgery known as the Ross Procedure.

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What Should I Know About Flying After Open Heart Surgery?

By Adam Pick on August 25, 2007

Earlier this year, I interviewed 78 patients about their heart surgery experience. Most of those patients had open heart surgery – including heart valve replacement surgery and heart valve repair operations.

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Pumphead And Cardiac Depression… What Should Patients Know?

By Adam Pick on August 21, 2007

I’ll never forget the first time I heard the phrase “Pumphead”. I was interviewing a former patient about her heart valve surgery experience for my book.

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Should I Use A Heart Rate Monitor After Open Heart Surgery?

By Adam Pick on August 21, 2007

Leading up to my heart valve surgery, I had always been active and athletic. From soccer to surfing, I really enjoy sports. Mostly, I think I like being outside. But, I also like the endorphin rush after a good run, swim or hike.

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How Sore Are Your Chest Muscles After Heart Surgery?

By Adam Pick on August 18, 2007

Every so often I receive an email that really makes me remember my heart valve surgery experience, especially the recovery.

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Foods For People That Had Open Heart Surgery

By Adam Pick on August 18, 2007

One of the many things I love about life is… Food.

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What About Respirators After Open Heart Surgery?

By Adam Pick on August 14, 2007

A greeeeaaaaaaaaaaat question just came in about waking up in the ICU. It reads, “Adam, when I come to (wake up) in the intensive care unit will I be on respirators after open heart surgery.”

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What Does An Xray Of Sternum After Open Heart Surgery Look Like?

By Adam Pick on August 14, 2007

In prior posts and discussion, I have called open heart surgery a medical miracle. The fact that a surgeon can open you, stop your heart, fix it, start it again and then stitch you up is, in my opinion, AMAZING!!

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The Realities of Cardiac Depression after Open Heart Surgery

By Adam Pick on August 2, 2007

I just received an interesting email from Carol that directly relates to heart surgery recovery. Carol writes, “Hi Adam – My husband had mitral valve replacement three weeks ago. I’m curious… Did you experience depression after heart valve surgery? Is it common for patients to experience cardiac depression following heart valve repair or heart valve replacement?”

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Do Vitamins & Nutrition Combat Tired Heart Valve Surgery Patients?

By Adam Pick on May 19, 2007

Following my aortic and pulmonary valve replacements, I experienced my fair share of challenges (pain, cardiac depression). I also experienced several opportunities as well (my engagement, a new found perspective on life).

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Email Bag: Heart Rate After Heart Valve Surgery?

By Adam Pick on May 10, 2007

I recently received a question from Roger Sudbeck about heart rates after heart valve surgery. Roger recently had open heart, valve surgery and noticed that his heart rate was still elevated several weeks following his procedure. FYI, Roger had aortic valve replacement in Lincoln, Nebraska by Dr. Ed Raines.

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Surf Is Up… After Open Heart Surgery!!!

By Adam Pick on March 6, 2007

On December 21, 2005, nearly 435 days ago, I had open-heart surgery to fix a congenital defect in the aortic valve of my heart.  After thirty four years of life, my bicuspid aortic valve which suffered from stenosis and regurgitation, needed to be replaced.  As many of you know, this open-heart medical operation (known as the Ross Procedure) triggered a series of challenging lows (e.g. cardiac depression) and a series of memorable highs (e.g. my engagement to Robyn).

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What Is The Best Position To Sleep After Heart Surgery?

By Adam Pick on February 28, 2007

It’s a great question. And, as I personally learned after my double heart valve replacement operation (known as the Ross Procedure), it’s a tricky question to answer. Plus, if you’re like me and you really enjoy your sleep, this is a critical question to ponder.

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Sternum Cracking… How Bad Does It Hurt After Heart Valve Surgery?

By Adam Pick on February 27, 2007

Ahh yes… The good ole’ sternum cracking question. I’ve received this question a number of times from friends and family following my surgery. As you can read in my story, I had the Ross Operation performed.

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Email Bag: The Biggest Challenge Of Heart Valve Surgery?

By Adam Pick on January 3, 2007

I recently received an email that asked, “Adam, what was the most challenging aspect of your heart valve surgery?”

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