Surgeon Q&A: What About TAVR for Bicuspid Aortic Valves?

By Adam Pick on August 21, 2018

Great questions are coming in from our patient community about the use of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) for the treatment of bicuspid aortic valves.  If you didn’t know, TAVR is a non-invasive approach to aortic valve replacement that does not require an incision to the patient’s sternum or ribs.  TAVR was approved by the FDA in 2011 for “high risk” patients.  In 2016, the FDA approved TAVR for “intermediate risk” patients.  Recently, clinical trials have launched to test the safety and efficacy of TAVR in “low risk” patients.

 

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Breakthrough Discovery: INSPIRIS RESILIA Aortic Valve Approved by the FDA

By Adam Pick on August 9, 2018

In case you missed it…  The INSPIRIS RESILIA heart valve is now available in the United States.  This is an important development for patients who require a more resilient tissue valve for the replacement of their native or prosthetic aortic valve.^

This revolutionary aortic valve (pictured below) is the first in a new class of so-called resilient heart valves introduced by Edwards Lifesciences.  It has a new tissue that is better at blocking calcium and a first of its kind expandable valve frame designed for potential future valve-in-valve procedures.*^  And it is built on the proven Carpentier-Edwards PERIMOUNT valve design – which has helped over one million patients worldwide.

 

 

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We Rise To #2 On Feedspot’s 2018 Top Heart Blogs & Websites Rankings!

By Adam Pick on August 9, 2018

Unexpected!  We rise!

I just learned that HeartValveSurgery.com ranks #2 in FeedSpot’s 2018 Top Heart Blogs & Websites.  Compared to 2017, our ranking increased from the #3 position.  What an honor!

 

 

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Yes, Marie! The “Upcoming Surgery Schedule” Is Now Mobile!

By Adam Pick on August 9, 2018

Hi everybody!

I’m getting wonderful feedback from our patient community about the website relaunch on the new HeartValveSurgery.com 5.0 platform.  As I mentioned here, this was a “Phase 1.0” launch of the website that updated over 10,000 pages of information across the website.

 

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HeartValveSurgery 5.0 Launches Now!

By Adam Pick on July 27, 2018

Great news everybody!

Thanks to your thoughtful feedback and wonderful support, I’m excited to share that we just re-launched HeartValveSurgery.com.  So you know, this is the fifth re-launch of the website since we started it in 2006.  In the last 12 years, we’ve had over 10 million website visits.  With this new platform, I believe we are now ready to help educate and empower even more people fighting heart valve disease.

 


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