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Patient Webinar: “The 5 Myths of Heart Valve Surgery” with Dr. Gerdisch & Me

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Page last updated: May 22, 2021

[Update: With over 600 patient registrations, the “5 Myths of Heart Valve Surgery” webinar was fantastic. You can now watch the “5 Myths of Heart Valve Surgery” webinar video or download the free eBook at this link.]

I’m excited to announce that our LIVE and FREE patient education events continue today, Thursday, May 20, with a special webinar, “5 Myths of Heart Valve Surgery”. The featured speaker for this event is Dr. Marc Gerdisch, Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Franciscan Health, who has performed over 4,000 heart valve operations.  The one-hour webinar will start at 6pm EST.

 

5 Myths of Heart Valve Surgery Webinar

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Medtronic Invites Patient Advocate to Speak at ACC Symposium

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: May 8, 2021

On behalf of our global heart valve community, I want to thank Medtronic, one of the world’s largest medical companies and a leading heart valve manufacturer, for the special invitation to speak at the upcoming American College of Cardiology’s 70th Annual Scientific Session & Expo!!!

 

Medtronic ACC Symposium with Adam Pick

 

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The “I’m Back” Recovery Shirt Empowers Heart Surgery Patients! Thanks Josh!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: May 6, 2021

Many, many, many thanks to Josh Nowack for sending me this wonderful “I’m Back” recovery t-shirt!

 

I'm Back T-Shirt for Heart Surgery Patients

 

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Ari & Dr. Roselli Form Special Heart Valve Surgery Bond!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Medical Expert: Eric Roselli, MD, Chief of Adult Cardiac Surgery, Cleveland Clinic
Published: April 23, 2021

I am beyond happy to share that Ari Mintzer, 46, just had a successful aortic valve re-operation at the Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday. So you know, Ari needed a “re-do” because his 14-year old tissue valve was failing from aortic stenosis and regurgitation.

 

Dr. Eric Roselli With Ari Mitnzer - Heart Valve PatientDr. Eric Roselli & Ari Mintzer

 
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“Is Mitral Regurgitation & Calcification Common After Mitral Valve Repair Surgery?” asks Linda

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Medical Expert: Junaid Khan, MD, Medical Director, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center
Page Last Updated: May 6, 2021

I just received a great question from Linda about the recurrence of mitral regurgitation, a leaky heart valve, and calcification after mitral valve repair surgery. In her note to me, Linda asked, “I had mitral valve repair about 2 years ago and now I’ve developed regurgitation again. Also part of the valve is calcified. I am curious if this is common?”

 

Calcified & Leaking Mitral Valve

 

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After COVID-19 Delay, Little Traver Prepares for Heart Surgery Journey!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: April 7, 2021

Yes!  We have a new surgery update to share about Traver!

 

Gift of Life Patient Update: Traver From Uganda

 
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Heart Valve Experts Show Wonderful Support for Our Patient Community!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: April 1, 2021

Unexpected!

After giving away our new HeartValveSurgery.com hats, I was asked by Dr. Allan Stewart if it was possible to make a “HVS scrub cap” for the doctors in our community.  I thought it was a great idea. So, I contacted Griselda – my local embroidery guru – to see if she could make an HVS scrub cap.  

 

HeartValveSurgery.com Scrub Cap Made By Lur Embroidery
Me (Adam) with Griselda (Lur Embroidery Owner)

 

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Big News! REPAIR MR Clinical Trial Now Enrolling Patients!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: April 1, 2021

Why is the REPAIR MR Clinical Trial such a big deal for millions of heart disease patients with mitral valve regurgitation?

Watch this educational video to learn about the REPAIR MR Clinical Trial that will evaluate the minimally-invasive Abbott MitraClip™ Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair System for mitral regurgitation patients.

 

 

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With 6,300 Facebook Likes, Michael Inspires Heart Valve Patients Around the World!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: March 30, 2021

Holy Moly!

Over at our Facebook page… Michael Morrison’s “Smiling Scar Selfie” has gone viral. In just three days, Michael’s picture inspired over 7,300 reactions (likes, wows, loves), 1,000+ patient comments, and more than 300 timeline shares.

 

Michael's Smiling Scar Selfie

 

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COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Widens As “Phase 1B Plus” Includes Heart Patients in Select States

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: March 15, 2021

Big news!!!

Several states have made the COVID-19 vaccines available to patients with heart conditions using a new “Phase 1B Plus” eligibility.  Yes, you read that correctly!

 

COVID-19 Vaccines Heart Valve Patients Phase 1B Plus

 
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After Heart Surgery, Marylin Celebrates Her 70th Birthday!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: March 10, 2021

Congrats to Marylin Canon, a mitral valve patient in the HeartValveSurgery.com community, who celebrated her 70th birthday with yummy sweets and a new HVS hat.

Here’s Marylin looking dang good in the hospital just 3 days after her mitral valve surgery.

 

Heart Valve Surgery Patient Standing In Hospital

 

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Woo-Whoo! National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day Is Today!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: February 22, 2021

If you didn’t know… Today is National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day!

This is a special day to raise awareness to the very under-diagnosed, the very under-treated, and the very deadly form of heart disease!

 

Heart Valve Awareness Day
 
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Valve Day Patient Spotlight: From Tragedy to TAVR Triumph, This Is Donna’s Story

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: February 22, 2021

Donna Hartley has struggled with many health challenges during her life – malnourishment, heart disease, a plane crash, cancer and then… more heart disease.

In this video, Donna shares her extraordinary journey to a healthy heart that included surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) and a Medtronic transcatheter aortic valve re-replacement (TAVR) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 
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Heart Valve Day Education: Managing COVID-19 & the New ACC/AHA Guidelines

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: February 22, 2021

On Heart Valve Day, we’re helping raise awareness and educate the world about heart valve disease. For that reason, here are two new insightful articles to help patients learn about important and timely topics specific to heart valve disease.

The first article, “Top 5 Facts: Managing Heart Valve Disease Amidst COVID-19”, will help patients become aware of critical information during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

COVID & Heart Valve Disease
 

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Heart Valve Day Giveaway: 10 Free HVS Hats!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: February 22, 2021

[Update: Unfortunately, all of the free HVS hats in our “Heart Valve Day Giveaway” are now gone! I’m so sorry if you did not get one. Wow, those hats went fast! Again, I’m super sorry if you did not get one of these hats.]

After sharing this post about our free giveaway of the new HVS hats, my inbox was flooded with patient requests for our hats.

So… To celebrate National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day, I had 10 more hats made.  Here’s a picture of Jeannie Sullivan, a 5-time heart surgery and Ross Procedure patient from Florida, who received a hat in our last giveaway.

 

Patient Wearing HeartValveSurgery.com HatJeannie Sullivan (Heart Valve Patient)

 
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Peloton Instructor, Jess King, Gives Empowering “Shout Out” to Heart Valve Patients!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: February 17, 2021

As many of you know… I’ve transformed into a big Peloton fan since Robyn (my wife) introduced me to this amazing technology that helps us stay healthy and save some money.

During the COVID-19 quarantine, we’ve increased our Peloton usage to keep our minds right and to combat the extra calories that somehow find a way into our bodies. Can you relate?

Earlier today, I was on my 100th run with Jess King, a Peloton instructor.  Jess is a great and very fun coach who teaches on the bike and the treadmill.  When Jess saw my Peloton user name, which just happens to be “HeartValveGuy”, she released an empowering “shout-out” to people with heart valve disease. Here it is…

 

 

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2021 Awards for HeartValveSurgery.com

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Page last updated: August 6, 2021

Thanks to the wonderful support of patients, their family members and friends, I am happy to report that HeartValveSurgery.com just achieved the #1 ranking in FeedSpot’s 2021 Top Heart Blogs & Websites and we were named one of the Top 15 Best Heart Blogs by eMediHealth.

These are such extraordinary honors considering all the great cardiac websites out there!

 

HeartValveSurgery.com Ranks #1 on Feedspot Ranking

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: February 14, 2021

Dear Patients & Friends,

On this special day, I wanted to tell you how grateful I am for your continuing support of our website and each other! Thank you for being a special part of our community!

 

Happy Valentine's Day

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!
Adam

Laurel, Dennis & Jeannie Make the HVS Hat Look Dang Good!

By Adam Pick on February 12, 2021

As you may have seen here, I had a few HeartValveSurgery.com hats made for Robin, my wife, and Ethan, our son. When ordering the hats, there was a significant price decrease if you purchased more hats. So, I bought 10 extra hats for the wonderful people in our community and gave them away.

In response to the HVS hat giveaway, I received wonderful pictures from Laurel, Dennis and Jeannie who are making the hats look dang good!!!

 

HVS Baseball Hats - Laurel & DennisLaurel and Dennis (Heart Valve Surgery Patients)

 

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On National Wear Red Day, Dr. Joanna Chikwe Answers Your Questions!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Medical Expert: Joanna Chikwe, MD, Chair of Cardiac Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Published: February 5, 2021

Woo-Whoo!  Today is “National Wear Red Day” in support of the Go Red for Women initiative to raise awareness to heart disease for women.  Did you know that heart disease is responsible for taking the lives of 1 in 3 women every year.

To educate our community about heart health and heart valve surgery – from a woman’s perspective – 7 patients in our community just asked Dr. Joanna Chikwe, Chair of Cardiac Surgery at Cedars-Sinai, their important questions.  See the answers in our new video just posted below.

 

 

Many thanks to Beth, Carolyn, Cheryl, Donna, Kathy, Kim and Laura for submitting their questions. And, a special thanks to Dr. Joanna Chikwe for sharing her clinical experiences and medical research with our community!

Keep on tickin!
Adam

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