Adam's Heart Valve Surgery Blog – Page 12

Barry’s Patient Advice: Find The Best Heart Surgeon for You!

By Adam Pick on October 1, 2017

I have to congratulate Barry for being his own… best… patient advocate.

That’s right.  Given the common referral pattern – from primary care physician to cardiologist to surgeon – it’s fairly easy to let the health system (and the insurance companies) dictate your heart surgeon selection process.  Instead, I always encourage patients to find the right surgeon for them. And, for the patient’s specific valvular disorder.

 

 

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Surgeon Q&A: Top 6 Facts About Aortic Aneurysms & Heart Valve Disease

By Adam Pick on September 28, 2017

Many patients diagnosed with heart valve disease can also struggle with other disorders including atrial fibrillation and coronary artery disease. Another co-morbid disease that can have a sudden and fatal impact on heart valve patients is an aortic aneurysm. You might recall that an aortic aneurysm pre-maturely took the life of John Ritter, one of my favorite comedians best known for his portrayal of Jack Tripper on Three’s Company.

 

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MitraClip (Part II): Now For Leaking Tricuspid Valves?

By Adam Pick on September 18, 2017

Big News!!!

In case you missed it, there’s been LOTS of new information flying across the Internet about the use of the minimally invasive MitraClip for… tricuspid valve regurgitation.

That’s right! Let me repeat!  The MitraClip, which is typically used as a transcatheter mitral valve repair device, is now being implanted to help patients with leaking tricuspid valves! If you didn’t know, the MitraClip requires no incision to the patient’s sternum or ribs.

 

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5 Important Facts About the Heart-Lung Machine

By Adam Pick on September 12, 2017

For most patients needing heart valve surgery, a heart-lung machine is typically used during the operation. As you may know, the heart-lung machine enables the surgeon to stop and cool the heart so the valve can be fixed while the heart is not beating.

 

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Dr. Patrick McCarthy Is First Surgeon to Receive 100 Patient Reviews at HVS!

By Adam Pick on September 8, 2017

I am happy and honored to announce that Dr. Patrick McCarthy just became the first surgeon at HeartValveSurgery.com to receive 100 patient testimonials at his surgeon profile!!!

That’s right… 100 patients have posted wonderful, authentic and celebratory reviews for Dr. McCarthy and his team at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

If you didn’t know… Dr. McCarthy is a heart valve guru. During his career, Dr. McCarthy has performed over 10,000 cardiac procedures of which 4,000 involved heart valve therapy. In addition, Dr. McCarthy invented several heart valve devices, has been featured in over 450 publications and… He’s a super nice guy who has built a passionate team that is dedicated to enhancing patient experiences — before, during and after surgery.

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3 Patient Tips For Great Mitral Valve Surgery Results

By Adam Pick on August 10, 2017

I’m a big fan of simple and thoughtful advice for patients. So, when I learned about this new study, “Relation of Mitral Valve Surgery Volume to Repair Rate, Durability & Survival”, in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, I wanted to share it with our community.

The study, which is featured at Consumer Reports, reveals that patients who chose surgeons with deep experience in performing a complex mitral valve procedure have a better chance of living longer and not needing additional procedures to correct the problem.

 

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Facebook Live Event: Let’s Talk About Heart Valve Disease!

By Adam Pick on August 10, 2017

I love patient education! I also really love real-time patient education!

That said, I’m excited to announce a Facebook Live event dedicated to heart valve disease!

Dr. Patrick McCarthy, executive director of the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Medicine, and Dr. Charles Davidson, medical director at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, will be answering your questions LIVE at Facebook.com/northwesternmedicine from 4 to 4:30 pm CST next Tuesday, August 15.

 

 

Join the discussion by logging into Facebook.com/northwesternmedicine next Tuesday at 4pm CST to learn more about valve disease.  You can also post questions here – the doctors will try to answer your questions during the live event.

Keep on tickin!
Adam

With 7,200 New Likes in 72 Hours, Our Facebook Page Grows To 260,000 Members!

By Adam Pick on August 10, 2017

Thanks to you… I’m happy to share that the HeartValveSurgery.com Facebook Page just reached 260,000 members!

In the last 72 hours alone, we welcomed over 7,200 new members to our community.

 

 

If you have yet to visit our Facebook page, you can check it out here. As you will see, the HVS Facebook page is great way to connect with patients and learn about valvular disorders and therapies. Plus, we love celebrating inspirational patient stories.

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Will 3D Printed Heart Valves Improve Patient Outcomes?

By Adam Pick on August 2, 2017

I can not keep up with all the new advances in heart valve therapy.  In the last 24 hours, I learned about FDA approvals for the Avalus heart valve by Medtronic and the Inspiris Resilia by Edwards Lifesciences.  I also came across a fascinating story about 3D printing and heart valve replacements.

 

 

According to a new study published in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology and Piedmont Heart Institute, may have found new ways to enhance transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) performance using 3D printing technologies.

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Thanks For Your Condolences & Your Prayers For My Dad, Jerry Pick

By Adam Pick on August 2, 2017

On Friday… I lost a hero, a great friend and my dad at the same time.

After a long and ruthless battle against Corticobasal Degeneration (CBD), my dad, Jerry Pick, re-discovered comfort and peace.  At 77 years young, angels swooped down upon his home to disconnect and lift his spirit from a body that had failed him.

 

Jerry Pick (1940-2017)

 

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Thanks to the MitraClip, Kato Celebrates Her 100th Birthday!

By Adam Pick on July 13, 2017

This is an amazing woman. At 92, Kato Pomer was on the brink of death due to severe mitral regurgitation. Then… Thanks to the love and tenacity of Karen, her daughter, Kato enrolled in a clinical trial for the MitraClip at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.

Now, 8 years later, Kato just turned 100 years young! She was recently featured on ABC news in Los Angeles.

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Project ImaValve: Can A Heart Valve Repair Itself?

By Adam Pick on July 12, 2017

There is an outright explosion of medical advances specific to heart valve devices. In this edition of “Medical Wow!”, I’d like to introduce you to Project ImaValve.

 

 

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Big News! FDA Approves SAPIEN 3 For Mitral & Aortic “Valve-In-Valve” Replacement!

By Adam Pick on June 15, 2017

In case you missed it…. There is some BIG NEWS to report. Last week, the SAPIEN 3 received FDA approval for mitral and aortic “Valve-In-Valve” replacement for high-risk patients. As you might remember, we’ve been talking about the wonderful possibilities of Valve-in-Valve techniques for years with doctors, like Dr. Eric Roselli, and patients, like Jesse McBride.

 

 

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What Happened When 60 Patients & Caregivers Met for “Patient Day 2017” at Edwards Lifesciences?

By Adam Pick on June 7, 2017

Something special recently happened. More than 60 patients and their care partners traveled to Edwards Lifesciences, a leading heart valve manufacturer in Irvine, California, to meet each other, to share their stories and to inspire action within our community – the heart valve patient community.

This day is appropriately called… Patient Day!!!!!

Luckily, Edwards asked us to attend Patient Day 2017 and film the wonderful moments of this unique event that included meet-and-greets with the heart valve assembly teams, panel and group discussions, a campus and manufacturing tour and more. My favorite part of the day was watching patients meet the Edwards employees who made their valves by hand.

Ready to see what happened at Patient Day? Watch the video below…

 

 
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Surgeon Q&A: Top 4 Facts About Mitral Valve Chords

By Adam Pick on May 30, 2017

I recently received a great question from Sandy about mitral regurgitation and her mitral chords, also known as mitral chordae.

In her email, Sandy writes, “Hi Adam, I was recently diagnosed with mitral regurg after my doctor heard a murmur. I understand that I have an issue with my mitral chords. But, I’m not really sure what that means. I didn’t see much on your site about this. Any thoughts for me?”

Mitral Valve Chordae

To help Sandy (and all of us) learn more about mitral valve chords, I reached out to Dr. Robert Saeid Farivar, a leading heart valve surgeon.

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What Should Patients Know About Clinical Trials?

By Adam Pick on May 16, 2017

With all the new heart valve technologies being developed, I’m getting great questions about clinical trials. That said, I just came across a new educational video released by the Alliance for Aging Research that reveals many interesting facts about clinical trials — from the patient perspective.

If you – or someone you love – are considering a clinical trial, I thought you might like to see this video.

 

 

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Weill Cornell Medicine Launches Heart Valve Microsite!

By Adam Pick on May 16, 2017

I am very excited to announce that Weill Cornell Medicine (Weill Cornell) just launched a new Heart Valve Microsite at HeartValveSurgery.com!

Weill Cornell, which is located in New York, has taken care of many patients in our community including Barbara Vitale, John Goethe, Michael Kramer, George Majors, Gail Railer and yes… The one-and-only Mitch Friedman. As you may know, there is a great team of cardiac specialists at Weill Cornell including Dr. Leonard Girard, Dr. Arash Salemi and Dr. T. Sloane Guy. See the new Weill Cornell Microsite.

 

 

On behalf of our community, many thanks to the entire Weill Cornell medical team, Roselena Martinez and Dinna Greer for joining forces with HeartValveSurgery.com as we continue to educate and empower patients with heart valve disease!!!

Keep on tickin!
Adam

Website Announcement: Servers Being Upgraded This Week!

By Adam Pick on May 16, 2017

Hey Everybody!

Over the past 6 months, HeartValveSurgery.com has experienced a significant increase in website traffic. So… To accommodate all the new members of our community, I thought it was a great time to upgrade our servers.

 

 

If you’re curious… We’re shifting to a solid state drive (SSD) server system that leverages the fastest technology for serving up great educational content. Interestingly SSDs have no mechanical parts. If you like you can learn about them here.

 

 

In addition to the SSDs, we will also use a content delivery network (CDN) which has servers in 20+ countries around the world.

Thanks for your patience as we roll-out the new server system! I’m very hopeful this new system will perform much better than our older server system.

Keep on tickin!
Adam

Jimmy Kimmel Opens Up About His Newborn Son’s Heart Valve Surgery

By Adam Pick on May 4, 2017

As a dad… As a heart valve patient… I need to say “Thank You!” to Jimmy Kimmel for sharing this emotional and inspirational story about Billy, his newborn son.

 

 

Many, many, many, many thanks to Dr. Vaughn Starnes (who performed my surgery) and Dr. Evan Zahn for taking such great care of the Kimmels!

Keep on tickin’ Billy!
Adam

Technology Update: The “Forgotten Valve” Gets New Feasibility Study!

By Adam Pick on April 19, 2017

We’ve talked about how the tricuspid valve is often referred to as the “forgotten valve” within cardiac care. At the same time, we’ve also learned that the treatment of tricuspid valve regurgitation is on the rise — either as a stand-alone therapy or combined with a mitral valve procedure.

That said, I was really interested to learn about a new transcatheter technology that is being used in the SCOUT feasibility study to treat tricuspid regurgitation. To learn more, I sat down with Dr. Charles Davidson who is the Clinical Chief of Cardiology at Northwestern Medicine. Here are the highlights from my interview with Dr. Davidson about this new technology.

 

 

Pretty neat, right? I guess this is one more piece of evidence that the use of transcatheter technologies is going to continue across the aortic, mitral, pulmonary and tricuspid valves. The possibilities are very, very, very exciting.

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