By Adam Pick on August 26, 2020
So you know… Medtronic and Abbott, two leading heart valve manufacturers, just did something special. In this difficult and trying time, Medtronic and Abbott joined forces to co-sponsor our “Advances in COVID-19 & Heart Valve Therapy” webinar. Over 630 patients registered for this educational event.
Patient Webinar: “Advances in COVID-19 & Heart Valve Therapy” with Dr. Chikwe, Dr. Burkle, John & Me
By Adam Pick on August 20, 2020
[Update: Great news! The “Advances in COVID-19 & Heart Valve Therapy” webinar held on August 27, 2020 was an extraordinary success with 287 patients connected in real-time. You can now download a free eBook or watch the video recording of the webinar at this link.]
I’m excited to share that our LIVE and FREE patient education events continue next Thursday, August 27, with a special “Advances in COVID-19 & Heart Valve Therapy” webinar. Featured speakers include Dr. Joanna Chikwe, Chair of the Department of Cardiac Surgery in the Smidt Heart Institute of Cedars-Sinai, Dr. Jaime Burkle, Clinical Manager of the Piedmont Heart Perimeter Office, and John Roland, a heart valve patient treated during COVID-19.
By Adam Pick on August 17, 2020
It never gets old. The joy. The happiness. That special feeling when I open my email and see a patient success story from the HeartValveSurgery.com community.
This time… Tapan Mehta, from Northern California, brought a smile to my face. As he approaches his fifth anniversary after heart valve surgery, here is what Tapan wrote to me:
By Adam Pick on August 11, 2020
Sometimes… It’s hard to imagine that anything good can come from COVID-19. The novel coronavirus has cast an undeniable darkness upon our planet with 20+ million infections and 737 thousand deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.
In difficult and trying times, I often reflect upon one of my favorite quotes from Mahatma Gandhi. The quote is, “In the midst of death, life persists. In the midst of untruth, truth persists. In the midst of darkness, light persists.”
By Adam Pick on August 8, 2020
Unexpected! Many, many, many thanks to Bill Martinez for interviewing me about the findings from our new survey of 3,400 patients and caregivers.
We also talked about the new “Active Living” patient awareness campaign, aortic stenosis (AS), minimally-invasive therapies (like TAVR), and the misconceptions about AS and heart valve surgery. In case you missed it, here is a playback of my interview on the “Bill Martinez Live” show which is nationally-syndicated across 280 cities in the United States.
By Adam Pick on August 5, 2020
I just learned that I will be on a few talk radio shows today and tomorrow discussing our new survey results that had over 3,400 patient and caregiver responses and the “Active Living” Patient Awareness Campaign that we launched today. So great to see that people are interested to learn more about heart valve disease and treatment!
By Adam Pick on July 15, 2020
By Adam Pick on June 17, 2020
There is nothing better than an extraordinary patient success story. For example, this story of Kathy Chelton, Carter Chelton (her son), and Dr. Marc Gillinov (their surgeon) made me smile from ear-to-ear. Here is what Kathy, from Liberty, Missouri, wrote to me:
My 18-year old son, Carter, was released from Cleveland Clinic today! Dr. Marc Gillinov performed his mitral valve repair surgery. It went very well!
Dr. Gillinov also performed mitral and tricuspid valve repair surgery for me in 2017. Not the mother/son bond I wanted, but here we are! Dr. Gillinov is amazing, as is the well-oiled machine here in Cleveland.
Kathy, Carter & Dr. Marc Gillinov
By Adam Pick on June 14, 2020
Our webinar, “Advances in Bicuspid Aortic Valve Therapy”, set new records for patient attendance and participation. We had 239 patients online together for this educational event with Dr. Chris Malaisrie and Dr. Jyothy Puthumana, the co-directors of the Bicuspid Aortic Valve Program at Northwestern Medicine.
By Adam Pick on June 4, 2020
[Update: The Bicuspid Aortic Valve Webinar held on June 10, 2020 was an extraordinary success with 239 patients connected in real-time. You can now download a free eBook or watch the video recording of the webinar at this link.]
I’m excited to announce that our LIVE and FREE patient education events continues next Wednesday, June 10, with a special “Advances in Bicuspid Aortic Valve Treatment” webinar. Featured speakers include Dr. Chris Malaisrie, cardiac surgeon and co-director of the Bicuspid Aortic Valve Program at Northwestern Medicine, and Dr. Jyothy Puthumana, cardiologist and co-director of the Bicuspid Aortic Valve Program at Northwestern Medicine.
By Adam Pick on May 26, 2020
When courageous patients transform medical lemons into lemonade, I want you to know about it.
Eizabeth Boylan is a perfect example. An athlete, wife and mother from Canada, Elizabeth was born with a bicuspid aortic valve. Like many patients, Elizabeth knew she may need surgery in the future and was in “watchful waiting” for many years. That, however, did not stop Elizabeth’s passion for running.
By Adam Pick on May 21, 2020
As Lao Tzu, a Chinese philosopher, once said, “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality.”
Unfortunately, COVID-19 is now our unexpected reality. At times, that is hard to accept. At times, it’s challenging not to think back to the way it was. At times, I wonder if Lao Tzu lived through a pandemic. Regardless, we must move forward. We must evolve.
Patient Being Examined During COVID-19 (Northwestern Medicine)
By Adam Pick on May 20, 2020
Thanks to the wonderful support of patients, their family members and friends, I am happy to report that HeartValveSurgery.com achieved the #2 ranking in FeedSpot’s 2020 Top Heart Blogs & Websites.
This is such an extraordinary honor considering all the great cardiac websites out there!
By Adam Pick on May 20, 2020
In this Proud Papa Moment, I am happy to share that Ethan, my 11-year old son, who many of you have come to know over the years… Is graduating from elementary school!!!!!
By Adam Pick on April 28, 2020
He was short of breath. He could not walk up stairs. He was afraid. Then, Edward Clinton ended up in the emergency room.
Ed suffered from mitral regurgitation, a leaking heart valve, and atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm. To get help, Ed met with Dr. Patrick McCarthy, a leading cardiac surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Dr. McCarthy recommended a “concomitant” procedure to help Ed. During a concomitant procedure, Dr. McCarthy would treat Ed’s leaking mitral valve and the AFib in one operation.
This is Ed’s story…
By Adam Pick on April 28, 2020
Thanks to the AMAZING patients in our community!!!!
Because of you, I am happy to report that over 3,000 patients completed the Heart Valve Patient Survey during the last four days.
This community of wonderful people continues to inspire me as we share our experiences, support each other and help future patients along our collective journey to healthy hearts
Again, thank you!!!
Keep on tickin!
By Adam Pick on April 23, 2020
[April 30, 2020 Update: Thanks to the wonderful patients at this community, we collected over 3,000 survey responses in four days. Please stay tuned for the posting of results to this survey. You can subscribe to my blog to get the results here.]
Can I ask you a quick favor? To help future patients, I want to learn more about the heart valve disease experiences of people like you. That said, I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts!
In advance, thanks so much for your help on this survey!
I really appreciate it!
Keep on tickin!
By Adam Pick on April 15, 2020
I love when patients in our community send me their success stories. For example, Frank Collura just brought a smile to my face. Here’s what Frank emailed me:
About 5 years ago, I had my aortic valve replaced with a pig valve. I was 78 years old. At the time of surgery, I was playing full-court basketball with a middle-aged group of guys at my church. I had been playing with them for about 10 years, 3 times a week. I was very upset at the prospect of not being able to play competitive basketball after heart surgery.
Frank Collura (Aortic Valve Replacement Patient)
By Adam Pick on April 13, 2020
I just received two excellent questions about sternum wires and heart surgery from Kelly and Bob.
- Kelly asked me, “Can sternum wires cause issues with other medical procedures? I am attempting to get an MRI and the technician is concerned about the metal in my body.”
- Bob asked me, “It’s one year after surgery. I still have pain in my chest. It hurts constantly. I want to have the wires taken out. Is that possible? If so, what’s involved?”
By Adam Pick on April 10, 2020
This is wonderful and a bit unexpected!
Yesterday, I featured Mike Czaplewski’s post in our email newsletter. As you will see below, Mike is struggling with an early failure of his aortic valve replacement and sternum pain. In his post, Mike asked for help and support from the members of our community.
Mike Czaplewski & Dr. Marc Gerdisch