Adam's Heart Valve Surgery Blog

Get the latest news, patient advice and insights about heart valve surgery from Adam Pick, patient, author and website founder

Sneak Peek: 2018 Patient Day at Edwards Lifesciences

Twenty minutes before the patients arrived at Edwards Lifesciences for the 2018 Patient Day, this happened…

 

 

What happened next?  Stay tuned!

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Is Heart Failure Connected to Atrial Fibrillation & Mitral Valve Disease?

I just received a great question from Clay about mitral valve disease, atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure.  In his note, Clay asked me, “Hi Adam, I have congestive heart failure and mitral valve prolapse plus long-term atrial fibrillation (AFib). My question is whether-or-not congestive heart failure is connected with mitral valve prolapse?  Thanks, Clay”

 

 

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Heart Surgery Patients Unite By A Mexican Pool!

An unexpected gift just occurred in my life.

While on Spring Break with my family in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, I had the extraordinary pleasure of meeting…  Not one…  Not two… But, three heart valve patients.  Here’s what happened:

First, I met Mike from New Jersey.  Mike is a heart valve replacement patient who suffered from aortic stenosis.  Like so many patients in our community, Mike was mis-diagnosed several times.  It wasn’t until he was severely symptomatic and the valve was almost completely closed that Mike got help.

 

 

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“Will Exercise & Heart Valve Surgery Cause My Aorta To Grow?” asks Joseph

Aortic aneurysms can be life-threatening.  You might recall that an aortic aneurysm pre-maturely claimed the life of John Ritter, one of my favorite comedians best known for his portrayal of Jack Tripper on Three’s Company.

Specific to aneurysms, heart valve surgery, and exercise, Joseph sent me this question, “Hi Adam – I had mitral valve repair surgery in April of 2017.  After a follow-up in July, my cardiologist told me that my aorta was dilated at 4.5 centimeters and surgery might be necessary at 5 to 5.5 centimeters. Could my repair in April and/or strenuous prolonged exercise cause the aorta to grow?”

To answer Joseph’s question, I met with Dr. Eric Weiss, who is the director of the Aorta Program at Aurora Saint Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Here are the highlights from my very interesting discussion with Dr. Weiss.

 

 

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My Cardiologist Was Absolutely Wrong!!!

Yikes!  Ugh!  Gasp!  Ready to learn why patient education and patient advocacy is so important for patients with heart valve disease?

I almost fell out of my chair when I read this note from Gina Fiorentino, a mitral valve patient and community member, from San Francisco.

 

Gina, Michael (husband) and Rocco

 

Gina Writes To Me…

Hi Adam,

I’m five days out from mitral valve repair. I was just released from the hospital today!

It’s very early in my recovery but I had to reach out and thank you for helping me through this process. Because of you, my prognosis and my LIFE has changed – much for the better!

As you may recall… Before I found your website, this past summer, I had been told by a cardiologist that my mitral valve prolapse had progressed.  But, I was directed – by the cardiologist – to sit back and “wait for symptoms to become intolerable”.  
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