Adam's Heart Valve Surgery Blog – Page 10

“What About Aortic Valve Replacement Failure, TAVR & Sternum Pain?” asks Mike

By Adam Pick on April 10, 2020

This is wonderful and a bit unexpected!

Yesterday, I featured Mike Czaplewski’s post in our email newsletter.  As you will see below, Mike is struggling with an early failure of his aortic valve replacement and sternum pain. In his post, Mike asked for help and support from the members of our community.


Mike Czaplewski & Dr. Marc Gerdisch


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Abbott, a Leading Heart Valve Manufacturer, Develops New 5-Minute COVID-19 Test

By Adam Pick on April 7, 2020

Big news!

I am happy to report that Abbott, a leading manufacturer of heart valve replacement and repair devices, has developed a new, rapid molecular test that can detect COVID-19 in just 5 minutes.  Yes, just 5 minutes!!!

This is a HUGE improvement compared to other coronavirus tests that can take several days to get positive or negative results.



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Medtronic Doubles Ventilator Production to Help COVID-19 Patients!

By Adam Pick on March 27, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic surges past 921,000 worldwide cases, I need to thank Medtronic for doubling its ventilator production to help patients suffering from the novel coronavirus.



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In These Difficult Times… John & Larry Inspire Us

By Adam Pick on March 21, 2020

During these challenging times of uncertainty, confusion and disbelief caused by COVID-19, I was lucky to just experience an unexpected and inspirational moment thanks to John Roland and Larry Manshel.


John Roland & Larry Manshel (Heart Valve Patients)

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COVID-19 Surgeon Roundtable: An International Perspective

By Adam Pick on March 20, 2020

If you are curious to know what leading heart surgeons are saying about COVID-19, you may want to watch this insightful video series, “COVID-19: An International Perspective”.



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5 Reasons We Are “Social Distancing” to Prevent COVID-19 Spread

By Adam Pick on March 17, 2020

I’m not a “doomsdayer”.  I’m not a pessimist.  And, I’m not a hoarder.

However… Since last Thursday, Robyn (my wife), Ethan (my son), and I have done our best to stay home as much as possible.



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Patient Webinar Postponed: Advances in Bicuspid Aortic Valve Treatment

By Adam Pick on March 11, 2020

March 16, 2020 Webinar Update: Given the recent developments specific to COVID-19, we will need to postpone our webinar, “Advances in Bicuspid Aortic Valve Therapy” that was scheduled for this Wednesday, March 18.  I will send you a follow-up email with the new day and time once I know those details.


Great news!

I’m happy to announce that our LIVE and FREE patient education events will continue next Wednesday, March 18, with a special “Advances in Bicuspid Aortic Valve Treatment” webinar.  Featured speakers include Dr. Chris Malaisrie, cardiac surgeon and co-director of the Bicuspid Aortic Valve Program at Northwestern Medicine, and Dr. Jyothy Puthumana, cardiologist and co-director of the Bicuspid Aortic Valve Program at Northwestern Medicine.



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New Patient Resource: Coronavirus, COVID-19 & Heart Disease

By Adam Pick on March 7, 2020

Over the past few weeks, I have received several important questions about coronavirus, COVID-19 and heart valve disease.  For that reason, I just started a new educational resource dedicated to the coronavirus at this link.

Considering that we are learning more-and-more about COVID-19 every day, my hope is that this new resource will be continually updated with answers to your questions by leading doctors who specialize in infection control, cardiology and heart surgery.  Ultimately, the goal of this page is to educate and empower you specific to the management and treatment of heart valve disease given the spread of COVID-19.



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10-Year Heart Surgery Anniversary Reunion in Florida!

By Adam Pick on February 27, 2020

My heart warms anytime the patients in our community connect in person.  I love seeing their smiling faces.  I love seeing their hugs.  I love knowing that their friendships continue into the future as their valve disease fades to the past.



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We Raise Heart Valve Disease Awareness to 596,000 People in One Day!

By Adam Pick on February 27, 2020

Amazing!  Double Amazing!  Triple Amazing!

I am happy to report that the community united and rallied like never before on National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day.  Thanks to your 5,000+ social media shares of this public service announcement, we reached over 596,000 people in just twenty-four hours last Saturday.



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Today Is National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day!!!

By Adam Pick on February 22, 2020

Woo-Whoo!!! Today is National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day! Let’s join together to raise awareness to this under-diagnosed, under-treated and deadly form of heart disease!!!

To get started… Here are several amazing men and women in our community who have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of healthy heart valves.


Dr. Ismail El-Hamamsy (Mount Sinai Hospital) & Adam Pick


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“Ask Adam Anything” Videos Posted from the Heart Valve Society Conference!

By Adam Pick on February 20, 2020

Great news!  As we continue to celebrate “Heart Month”, I am very happy to share that the Facebook LIVE videos from the “Ask Adam Anything” patient event have been posted below!



As you might recall… These Facebook LIVE sessions were filmed in direct response to patient questions submitted at, our Facebook Page and by email.  In total, I received over 150 patient questions about heart valve disease.   

To answer your questions,  I met with world-renowned surgeons, cardiologists and researchers at the Heart Valve Society Conference in Abu Dhabi.  Our expert panel included Dr. Rakesh Suri (Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi), Dr. Martin Leon (Columbia University), Dr. Vinod Thourani (Piedmont Health), Dr. Hanneke Takkenberg (Erasmus University), Dr. Marc Gillinov (Cleveland Clinic), and Dr. James Thomas (Northwestern Medicine).

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Get Your Questions Answered on Facebook LIVE at the Heart Valve Society Conference!!!

By Adam Pick on February 13, 2020

You’ve got questions!  Let me get the answers!

That’s right.  Simply email me your questions about heart valve disease and/or treatment. I’ll get them answered by expert surgeons and cardiologists at the Heart Valve Society Conference during our Facebook LIVE sessions this Saturday. You can email your questions to or post your questions below.


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After Massive Heart Attack, Mitral Regurgitation Diagnosis & MitraClip, David Dances Again!

By Adam Pick on February 6, 2020

First, he suffered a massive heart attack.  Then, he was diagnosed with severe mitral regurgitation.  He struggled to breathe. He was afraid.

Then… David Lugo, a father and mechanic from Chicago, heard about the COAPT clinical trial offered at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.  This unique research study investigated how the MitraClip could help patients like David.  This is his story.



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“Can Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer Hurt My New Heart Valve Replacement?” asks Toni

By Adam Pick on February 6, 2020

Toni just sent me a very important question about breast cancer, radiation therapy and heart valve replacements.  Toni asked me, “Hi Adam – I have an artificial mitral valve.  I just found out that I have breast cancer.  Will radiation hurt my new valve replacement? Thanks, Toni”



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Website Update: Community Notification System Upgraded!

By Adam Pick on February 6, 2020

Many thanks to Phyllis and Catie for letting me know about the notification issue they recently experienced when using our Community!



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Technology Update: Can a “Leadless” Pacemaker Fix a Leaking Heart Valve?

By Adam Pick on January 27, 2020

I just received a fascinating question from Shae about leadless pacemakers and leaking heart valves.

Shae asked me, “Hi Adam – I previously had a mitral valve replacement and tricuspid valve repair. I currently have a 7-year old pacemaker that is causing my tricuspid valve to leak. My electrophysiologist doctor has been talking to me about “leadless” pacemakers. I don’t know much about leadless pacers. The doctor says there is a 50/50 chance that a leadless pacemaker will correct my leaking valve. Is that correct? I don’t want to go through another valve replacement surgery as I am only 43 years old. Thanks, Shae”


Leadless Pacemaker (Medtronic)

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After Heart Surgery… John, His Robe & His Yellow Socks Inspire 4,700 Facebook Likes!

By Adam Pick on January 14, 2020

Thanks to John O’Neill, the new year could not have started any better for our community.

That’s right!  John, who was diagnosed with severe aortic regurgitation, had successful aortic valve replacement last week.  It’s interesting to note that John had a bicuspid aortic valve and was completely asymptomatic. It was also great to hear that John caught the disease as his left ventricle had already started to enlarge.  Yikes!



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Top 15 Heart Valve Posts of 2019

By Adam Pick on December 30, 2019

Woo-Whoo! 2019 was another AMAZING year for our community!

The past 12 months was full of patient education, patient inspiration, patient empowerment and patient advocacy.  Thanks to your wonderful support, the stories posted here were shared over 100,000 times across social media.  That means you helped raise awareness to millions of people about heart valve disease, a fatal disorder that is under-diagnosed and under-treated.  Thank you!!!


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