Adam's Heart Valve Surgery Blog – Page 13

My Thoughts & Prayers Are With Mick Jagger!

By Adam Pick on April 1, 2019

Today, I learned that Mick Jagger, lead singer of The Rolling Stones, will undergo heart valve replacement surgery in the very near future.  As a result of his condition, Jagger and The Rolling Stones have postponed their upcoming tour in the United States.



While many details specific to Mick Jagger’s heart valve diagnosis and treatment are uncertain, I have done my best to answer 5 important questions for our patient community and his fans given the information we know.

To learn more, see “Mick Jagger’s Heart Valve Surgery: What 5 Important Facts Should You Know?”

Keep on tickin’ Mick!

True or False: Dogs Reduce the Deadly Risks of Heart Disease

By Adam Pick on March 28, 2019

As a first-time puppy owner, I’m simply in love with Bodie, our 18-month old Goldendoodle.  And… It’s not just me.  Robyn, my wife, and Ethan, my son, are obsessed with our furry friend.  Bodie has become such a fun and important part of our family.


Bodie & Me


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Free Patient eBook: Advances in Mitral Valve Therapy

By Adam Pick on March 25, 2019

Great news!  The patient response to our recent webinar, “Advances in Mitral Valve Therapy”, was extraordinary. Hosted by Dr. Clyde Yancy, the immediate Past-President of the American Heart Association, and Dr. Charles Davidson, the Professor of Cardiology at Northwestern Medicine, this live 60-minute session connected patients from all over the world in real-time to discuss mitral valve disease, heart failure and the newest technologies and clinical trials helping patients.

If you missed the webinar, no problem! I just posted a free 54-page eBook for immediate download. If you – or someone you love – has mitral valve disease, I encourage you, your family and your friends to read this eBook.  There were so many great points raised during this webinar that patients need to know about.

To instantly download the eBook, click here.



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One Thumb-Up, A Red Pillow & 9,500 Facebook Likes for John!

By Adam Pick on March 19, 2019


I’m talking about you!  Yes, you!  And, all wonderful patients in our community!

Your support for each other continues to inspire me beyond belief.  For example… You may have seen at John’s Heart Valve Journal that he just had successful mitral, tricuspid and atrial fibrillation surgery.  After being discharged, John posted this smiling photo of his early recovery at his journal.


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Low-Risk TAVR Clinical Trial Results Released

By Adam Pick on March 17, 2019

Finally!  We have results for one of the most talked about heart valve clinical trials at!

On Friday, at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) conference in New Orleans, the results for the low-risk, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) were released.

As for the results… Drum roll please…



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“Are Bicuspid Aortic Valves Passed From Maternal or Paternal Relatives?” asks Sue

By Adam Pick on March 14, 2019

A very interesting question from Sue just came in about the genetics of heart valve disease including bicuspid aortic valves.  Sue writes to me, “Hi Adam, Since there appears to be hereditary factors involved in aortic valve disease… Does it come from maternal or paternal relatives? (or in my case, probably both?) Thanks!”



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Don’t Miss the “Advances in Mitral Valve Therapy” Webinar Today

By Adam Pick on March 13, 2019

[Update: This webinar occurred on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.  You can download the free eBook or watch the webinar video playback by clicking here.]

You guys and gals are AMAZING!!!

Registration for our “Advances in Mitral Valve Therapy” webinar exceeded all expectations! In just 5 days, over 439 patients registered for this special event. Featured speakers include Dr. Clyde Yancy, the former President of the American Heart Association, and Dr. Charles Davidson, the Professor of Cardiology at Northwestern Medicine.



Keep on tickin!

Mitral Valve Webinar Alert! Patient Registrations Soar!

By Adam Pick on March 10, 2019

[Update: This webinar occurred on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.  You can download the free eBook or watch the webinar video playback by clicking here.]

Wow!  Double Wow!  Triple Wow!

Patient registrations for our “Advances in Mitral Valve Therapy” webinar soared past 300 patients.  That said, I quickly increased space for this special community event that will be held this Wednesday, March 13, at 5pm CST.  We’re now at 389 patient registrations!!!


Click To Sign Up For Mitral Valve Webinar


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Patient Webinar: “Advances in Mitral Valve Therapy” with Dr. Yancy, Dr. Davidson & Me

By Adam Pick on March 6, 2019

[Update: This webinar occurred on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.  You can download the free eBook or watch the webinar video playback by clicking here.]

What are the newest technologies and procedures treating mitral valve disease WITHOUT open heart surgery?

Find out when Dr. Clyde Yancy, former President of the American Heart Association, and Dr. Charles Davidson, Professor of Cardiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, join me for a FREE one-hour webinar, “Advances in Mitral Valve Therapy”, next Wednesday, March 13, at 5pm CST.

Space is limited to the first 100 registrants.


Click To Sign Up For Mitral Valve Therapy Advances Webinar


Also… During the webinar, we will also have a live “Questions & Answers” session where YOU can ask your questions directly to Drs. Yancy and Davidson.  This is going to be great!

Keep on tickin!

The Aortic Stenosis “Danger Zone” Is Here

By Adam Pick on March 4, 2019

I just spoke with a patient who was recently diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis.  The nature of our discussion was a bit concerning.  So, I wanted to relay the ideas exchanged during our call for all of us to reflect upon and potentially learn from.

To start, the patient is in her golden years and flat-out terrified by the idea of heart surgery.  She said to me, “Adam, I may just pass on the operation and live out my days.  I don’t really feel sick.  Just a little tired on walks.”  She continued with fear in her voice and said hesitantly, “Will… I… Be… Okay?”


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Now That’s A License Plate!

By Adam Pick on February 21, 2019

To whomever is driving this car around Los Angeles, California,

I’d just like to say, “Thank You!” for making my day! And, “Thank You!” for raising awareness to heart valve disease!


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Grab Some Popcorn! Dr. Fedak Is Ted Talking!

By Adam Pick on February 17, 2019

I’m a big fan of Dr. Paul Fedak from Calgary.

If you have not heard that name before… Dr. Fedak is a well-respected surgeon, an inventor, a big-time researcher of bicuspid aortic valves, and an ongoing supporter of this community.


Dr. Paul Fedak


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Mava’s Smiling Scar Selfie Inspires 7,300 Facebook Likes!

By Adam Pick on February 16, 2019

Many, many, many thanks to Mava Reif, from Saint Cloud, Florida, for inspiring our community!

So you know… Mava was unexpectedly diagnosed with severe mitral valve regurgitation.  Her symptoms included fatigue and shortness of breath but she was “shocked” to learn that she needed heart surgery.  Thankfully, Mava located Dr. Kevin Accola at AdventHealth in Orlando, Florida.



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12 Surgeons Help Me Film 20 Videos at STS!

By Adam Pick on February 6, 2019

On behalf of our patient community, I want to thank the 12 surgeons who helped me film an educational video series at The Society of Thoracic Surgeons meeting in San Diego. I was really humbled that so many awesome surgeons came together to film videos about heart valve disorders, atrial fibrillationcoronary artery disease and aortic aneurysms.

Here’s Dr. Vinay Badhwar from WVU Heart & Vascular Institute:


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Let’s Go Red for Women!

By Adam Pick on February 1, 2019

If you didn’t know, American Heart Month kicked off today.  To get things going, February 1 is always National Wear Red Day in support of the “Go Red for Women” campaign.  The goal of this awesome day is to raise awareness to heart disease and unite communities that are fighting for the eradication of heart disease and stroke.


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Thanks to the MitraClip, Michele Will Not Need a Heart Transplant!

By Adam Pick on January 24, 2019

Michele’s life was in jeopardy due to heart failure from severe mitral regurgitation.  She was so sick, her medical team was evaluating a heart transplant to save her life.

Then, Michele heard about the MitraClip.  This is her story…



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Surgeon Q&A: What Should Patients Know About Aortic Regurgitation?

By Adam Pick on January 17, 2019

Over the past several months, I’ve noticed a steady rise in the number of patients at the community who are diagnosed with aortic regurgitation.   That said, I wanted to create new educational resource to help patients with a leaking aortic valve.



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Sara Educates & Inspires 38,443 People About Heart Valve Surgery!

By Adam Pick on January 17, 2019

I need to take a quick minute to thank Sara Colosimo for sharing her journey to a healthy heart with our community!!!  If you have yet to visit Sara’s Heart Valve Journal, now is your chance.


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New Study: Heart Surgery Not Linked to Memory Decline

By Adam Pick on January 17, 2019

Over the years, we’ve had several discussions about cognitive issues following heart surgery. Several patients in our community have complained of “pumphead”.  Patients often describe pumphead as forgetfulness and/or memory loss that is potentially attributable to heart-lung machine use during open-heart procedures.  At the same time, many patients in our community have not noticed any changes in mental capabilities following heart surgery.


Memory Decline After Heart Surgery

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Doctor Q&A: “What Criteria Do Surgeons Use to Choose a Heart Valve Replacement?” asks Peter

By Adam Pick on December 17, 2018

I just received a great question from Peter about heart valve replacement devices. Peter asked me, “Hi Adam – I have moderate-to-severe aortic stenosis and I will need surgery soon. I’m curious to know… How do surgeons select a valve replacement for me?  It seems like there are so many choices our there – mechanical, tissue, sutureless valves, that new INSPIRIS valve and TAVR.  What are the key criteria the docs use to choose a valve replacement. Can you please ask a surgeon for me? Thanks, Peter”


(Sources: Abbott, Cryolife, Edwards Lifesciences)


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