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Yum! A Healthy Lemon & Herb Rotisserie Chicken Recipe!

By Adam Pick on May 16, 2019

I don’t know about you… But, I can’t leave Costco without getting a hot rotisserie chicken.  And, it’s not just Costco. I’m into all types of rotisserie chicken from different grocery stores and ethnic restaurants.  I simply love the taste and different flavors.

The other day I thought, “Hmmm… Can I make a rotisserie chicken?”

So you know, I never used a rotisserie before. But, I remembered that my barbecue came with a rotisserie kit.  I headed out to the garage and found the rotisserie kit which had a little electronic crank, a spit and two forks.  Next, I did what Ethan, my 10-year old son, would do.  I typed, “Chicken Rotisserie Recipe” into YouTube.  Yep!  I instantly saw thousands of recipes. However, a video for a “Lemon & Herb Rotisserie Chicken” looked yummy.

With purpose, Robyn and I went to Ralphs, our local grocery store.  We got the ingredients.  We came home.  Then, I went to work.

 

Yes, I actually made this!

 

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Will You Recommend Your Heart Surgeon?

By Adam Pick on May 10, 2019

It’s been 10 wonderful years since we launched the Surgeon Finder at HeartValveSurgery.com.  You might remember that we launched the Surgeon Finder to quickly help patients locate and research patient-recommended surgeons.  In the last three years alone, the Surgeon Finder had over 756,000 page views.  Amazing!

To help future patients… My question to patients who already had surgery is, “Will you recommend your heart surgeon?”  If so, this is your opportunity to celebrate him or her by posting a review.  To post your review, click here!

 


 

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Boston Scientific Gets FDA Approval For Lotus Edge TAVR!

By Adam Pick on May 2, 2019

The news coming out about transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) devices is non-stop.

First, we heard about the success of the low-risk TAVR clinical trials for PARTNER 3 and Evolut.  Now, I just learned that the Lotus Edge Transcatheter Aortic Valve System just received a Food & Drug Administration approval following the REPRISE III research study.  The Lotus is now indicated for severe aortic stenosis patients who are considered “high-risk” for surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR).

 

 

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Surgeon Spotlight: Dr. Marc Gerdisch Receives 100 Patient Testimonials!

By Adam Pick on April 25, 2019

I am excited and honored to announce that Dr. Marc Gerdisch just received his 100th patient testimonial at HeartValveSurgery.com!

And, for good reason…  Dr. Gerdisch, who is the Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Franciscan Health Heart Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, is one of the most committed and dedicated heart surgeons I know.  Over the years, I have seen Dr. Gerdisch go above-and-beyond to help his patients, their families and their friends.

 

 

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Clinical Trial Update: Evolut Low Risk TAVR Trial

By Adam Pick on April 25, 2019

If you are interested in the new clinical trial results for low-risk TAVR devices, I just posted a follow-up story to my last article about the PARTNER 3 research study by Edwards Lifesciences.

This new post features data and analysis for the the Evolut Low Risk Trial by Medtronic.

 

 

To see the story, click here.

Keep on tickin!
Adam

Great Information About Bicuspid Aortic Valves & Aortic Aneurysms from Dr. Eric Roselli

By Adam Pick on April 13, 2019

Lately, there has been some great information posted at HeartValveSurgery.com about bicuspid aortic valves and aortic aneurysms.  Whether it’s our updated bicuspid aortic valve overview, discussions about the genetics of bicuspid aortic valves, or the top 5 facts about the aorta, I’m thrilled to see this new information helping patients and their care partners.

To keep the bicuspid valve and aortic aneurysm momentum going, I just posted a new video, “Surgical Innovations: Bicuspid Aortic Valves & Aortic Aneurysms”.  This educational video was filmed on-site with Dr. Eric Roselli, the Chief of Adult Cardiac Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, at the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Conference in San Diego, California on January 28.

 

Dr. Eric Roselli & Me Filming at STS in San Diego

 

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Nebraska Heart Institute Launches Heart Valve Microsite!

By Adam Pick on April 10, 2019

Great news! I am very excited to announce that Nebraska Heart Institute just launched a Heart Valve Microsite at HeartValveSurgery.com!

Nebraska Heart Institute, which is located in Lincoln, Nebraska, is committed to advancing heart valve therapy.  Over the years, I have been fortunate to work with Dr. James Wudel, one of their leading cardiac surgeons.  Dr. Wudel has been an avid supporter of the HeartValveSurgey.com community by providing editorial contributions specific to transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) which is one of Nebraska Heart Institute’s clinical specialties.

To see the Nebraska Heart Institute Heart Valve Microsite, click here.

 

 

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What Should Aortic Regurgitation Patients Know About The New HAART Annuloplasty Ring?

By Adam Pick on April 3, 2019

There has been A LOT of discussion lately about the success of the TAVR clinical trial for low-risk patients with aortic stenosis.

However, patients with aortic regurgitation can also get excited about the FDA clearance of the HAART Annuloplasty Device.  This new device provides patients a unique treatment option that may yield a life-long fix for leaking aortic valves.  Yes, a life-long fix!

To help you learn 7 important facts about this new aortic annuloplasty ring, I just posted a special article, “Breakthrough Innovation: HAART Aortic Valve Annuloplasty Ring Gets FDA Clearance”.  In this post, I was fortunate to interview several leading surgeons – including Drs. Badhwar, Gerdisch, Malaisrie and Si – who are all very excited about this new approach to aortic valve repair.

To see the new post, click here. 

Keep on tickin!
Adam

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!
Adam

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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