Adam's Heart Valve Surgery Blog – Page 4

“Can Leaky Pulmonary Valves Work for the Ross Procedure?” asks Tim

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Medical Expert: Christopher Burke, MD, Cardiac Surgeon, UW Medicine Heart Institute
Published: July 20, 2023

I’m receiving lots of excellent patient questions about the Ross Procedure.

For example… Tim, a patient from the United Kingdom, just asked me, “Hi Adam – Congrats on a great website! I have a question about the Ross Procedure. Do you know if it is possible to do the Ross Procedure if there is mild leaking of the pulmonary valve? I know mild leaking of the pulmonary valve is very common. Thanks!”

 

Pulmonary Valve for Ross Procedure
 
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Heart Health Awareness: Coronary Artery Disease & Heart Valve Disorders

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: July 18, 2023

Is it true that coronary artery disease impacts up to 27% of heart valve patients? Can coronary artery disease cause life-threatening conditions including heart attacks? Is it possible for surgeons to use minimally-invasive techniques to treat both coronary artery disease and heart valve defects in one operation?

To answer these important questions, I just interviewed Dr. Husam Balkhy, the Director of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Cardiac Surgery at University of Chicago Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. Watch my interview with Dr. Balkhy to learn critical information about coronary artery disease and heart valve disorders at this link.

 

Coronary Artery Disease & Heart Valve Disorders

 

Many thanks to Dr. Husam Balkhy for taking the time to share his clinical experiences with our community!

Keep on tickin!
Adam

Andy Posts First “5-Star Video Review” for Dr. Neelan Doolabh!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: July 15, 2023

Since launching the Surgeon Finder at HeartValveSurgery.com, I have moderated thousands of patient reviews for heart surgeons.  I downright love seeing patients celebrate their surgeons.

 

Dr. Neelan Doolabh Patient ReviewAndy Teel (Aortic Valve Replacement Patient)

 

Interestingly… Andy Teel, a minimally-invasive aortic valve replacement patient of Dr. Neelan Doolabh, just did something extraordinary.  As you can watch below, Andy sent me our first-ever “5-Star Video Review” about his experience with Dr. Doolabh and the entire UT Southwestern team.

 

 

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Clinical Trial Alert: New CardiaMend Patch to Stop Post-Op Atrial Fibrillation

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: July 12, 2023

Post-operative AFib is a BIG PROBLEM that impacts up to 30% of heart surgery patients. For that reason, I was very interested to learn about an innovative, new clinical trial evaluating the CardiaMend patch for the prevention of post-op AFib.  To get the details about the CardiaMend clinical trial, click here to see my new interview with Dr. Robert Saeid Farivar.

 

CardiaMend Clinical Trial: New Patch Soaked in Amiodarone

 

Many thanks to Dr. Farivar, Saint Alphonsus Health and Helios Cardio for their work on this clinical trial!

Keep on tickin!
Adam

Top 3 Facts to Overcome Patient Anxiety & Fear Before Heart Surgery

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: July 11, 2023

If you have just been told that you need heart surgery, it is VERY COMMON to experience the emotions of anxiety and fear.

To help you, I just met with Dr. Marc Gillinov, Chairman of Cardiac Surgery at Cleveland Clinic, to learn what three facts he shares with patients BEFORE heart surgery to help them manage their fear and anxiety.  Click here to see Dr. Gillinov dispel patient anxiety and fear before heart surgery.

 

Fear and anxiety of heart surgery

 

Many thanks to Dr. Marc Gillinov for sharing his clinical experiences and research with our patient community!

Keep on tickin,
Adam

“What About Medications for Bicuspid Aortic Valves?” asks Tina

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: July 6, 2023

After being diagnosed with bicuspid aortic valve disease, patients often wonder if there are medications or drugs that can treat this common congenital form of heart disease that impacts up to 2% of the population. For example, Tina just asked me, “Hi Adam – Is there any medicine for the treatment of a leaking bicuspid aortic valve?”

To answer Tina’s questions and educate you about the use of medications for bicuspid aortic valves, I connected with Dr. Luis Castro.  As you may know, Dr. Castro is a leading heart valve surgeon who has successfully treated over 200 patients in the HeartValveSurgery.com community.  To see my interview with Dr. Castro about bicuspid aortic valves, drugs and medications, click here.

 

Bicuspid Aortic Valve Medications

 

Many thanks to Tina for her question and Dr. Castro for taking the time to share his clinical expertise and research with our community!!!

Keep on tickin!
Adam

Clinical Trial Update: New TriClip Study Data Released

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: June 28, 2023

As more-and-more patients are asking me questions about tricuspid valve disease, I want to relay encouraging news that recently came out of Euro PCR about the non-invasive TriClip device. The TriClip, which is being evaluated for safety and effectiveness in the bRIGHT Clinical Trial, is the first percutaneous device designed specifically for tricuspid heart valve failure.

 

TriClip Data Release from bRIGHT Research Study
 
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Baptist Health Paducah Joins Our Community!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: June 26, 2023

I am very excited to announce that Baptist Health Paducah just became the newest sponsor of HeartValveSurgery.com.

 

Baptist Health Sponsors HeartValveSurgery.com

 

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Rapid Recovery Protocol 2.0 for Heart Surgery Patients

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: June 26, 2023

New medical advances are transforming the patient recovery from heart surgery.  As a result, patients are experiencing less-to-no pain, staying in the hospital shorter, and getting back to normal activity faster.

To learn about the latest innovations in patient recovery, we interviewed Dr. Marc Gerdisch, Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Franciscan Health in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Dr. Gerdisch has performed over 6,000 cardiac procedures and successfully treated over 100 patients from our community. Click here to see my interview with Dr. Gerdisch about the Rapid Recovery Protocol 2.0.

 

Patients Recovering from Heart Surgery
 
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Chemical Engineer, Ray, Gets Ozaki Procedure for Valvular Flow Dynamics

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: June 21, 2023

As a follow-up to our post, “Ozaki Procedure: New Research for Aortic Valve Patients”, I wanted to share the wonderful patient story of Ray Poole from New York. Ray is an aortic valve patient and chemical engineer who recently underwent the Ozaki Procedure.

 

Ozaki Procedure Patient Success StoryRay Poole (12 Weeks After Ozaki Procedure) with Wife

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Peloton Instructors Support Heart Valve Disease Patients!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: June 19, 2023

While Peloton instructors are known for giving fun and empowering “shout-outs” during their fitness classes… I’m happy to flip-that-script and offer a shout-out to Ally Love, Emma Lovewell, Matt Wilpers, Robin Arzon, and the entire Peloton team for their support of our community!

 

Peloton Instructors Support Heart Disease Patients

 
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Research Alert: The Ozaki Procedure for Aortic Valve Patients

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: June 18, 2023

I just received a great question from Paige about the Ozaki Procedure.  Paige asked me, “Hi, Adam. I’m 29-years-old and I have a bicuspid aortic valve. I also have an aneurysm. I’m thinking about starting a family in the next few years. After meeting with three different cardiac surgeons, I was offered a newer technique as an alternative to a tissue or mechanical valve. That technique is the Ozaki Procedure. What is the latest update about this procedure?”

To learn more, I just interviewed Dr. Douglas Johnston, the Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago, Illinois, who has performed over 3,000 heart valve repair and replacement operations.  Click here to see my interview with Dr. Johnston about the Ozaki Procedure.

 

Ozaki Procedure Research for Aortic Valve Patients with Dr. Johnston

 
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Operating Room Insights: The Different “Faces” of Mitral Valve Disease

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: June 10, 2023

Are you ready to go inside the operating room of Dr. Marc Gerdisch, Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Franciscan Health, to learn about the different “faces” of mitral valve disease?

Click here to see how Dr. Gerdisch treats mitral valve disease using traditional and complex therapies to address malformed leaflets, infection, endocarditis and compromised annular structures. 

 

Mitral Valve Disease Operating Room Pictures
 
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Medical Advances: The Y-Incision Annular Enlargement Procedure

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: June 7, 2023

Patients needing an aortic valve replacement due to stenosis, regurgitation and/or a bicuspid aortic valve might be shocked to learn new research that heart valve replacement devices may not be properly sizes when implanted during surgery. As a result, the patient may not get the full benefit of a properly sized heart valve and the patient may need an accelerated reoperation due to device failure.

For these important reasons, Dr. Bo Yang, a leading cardiac surgeon at Michigan Medicine, developed the Y-Incision Annular Enlargement Procedure. I was very fortunate to interview Dr. Yang about his new, novel approach to helping patients. Click here to see my interview with Dr. Yang about the Y-Incision Annular Enlargement Procedure.

 

Y-Incision Annular Enlargement Procedure with Dr. Bo Yang

 

Many thanks to Dr. Yang for developing and educating our patient community about the Y-Incision Annular Enlargement Procedure!

Keep on tickin!
Adam

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

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: June 5, 2023

I am excited and honored to announce that Dr. Marc Gillinov just received his 100th patient testimonial from patients in the HeartValveSurgery.com community!

Dr. Gillinov is the Chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. He is one of the most committed, dedicated and patient-centric heart surgeons I know.  So you know, Dr. Gillinov was one of the first surgeons to support and encourage the educational initiatives of HeartValveSurgery.com.  I’ll never forget our first meeting when Dr. Gillinov said to me, “Adam, I really appreciate how you are helping patients. Education is critical for patients with heart valve disease.”

 

Dr. Marc Gillinov Patient Reviews

 

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URGENT: Will You Please Help Heart Valve & AFib Patients?

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: June 1, 2023

Help! Please! It’s Urgent!

If you didn’t know, patients with heart valve disease are up to 35% more likely to experience atrial fibrillation (AFib) which can increase their stroke risk by 5 times, according to the American Heart Association. Unfortunately, AFib is not treated in up to 70% of heart valve procedures. Yikes!!!

 

Big Medicare Problem - Heart Valve & Atrial Fibrillation
 
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Free eBook & Webinar Video: Ask Dr. Gerdisch Anything!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Medical Expert: Dr. Marc Gerdisch, Chief of Cardiac Surgery, Franciscan Health
Published: May 27, 2023

Our recent webinar, “Ask Dr. Gerdisch Anything”, was amazing! During the webinar, Dr. Marc Gerdisch, Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Franciscan Health, answered patient questions in a unique interactive format that we have never done before.

You can now access all the insights shared during the webinar via video and a free eBook.

 

 
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Join 400 Patients Live for the “Ask Dr. Gerdisch Anything” Webinar This Thursday!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: May 25, 2023

[May 25, 2023 Update: The “Ask Dr. Gerdisch Anything” webinar was fantastic!  In case you missed it, you can now watch the webinar video playback at this link.]

Given all the advances in heart valve disease therapy, patients can be confused about their diagnosis and their treatment options. For this reason, we are hosting a special FREE and LIVE webinar that will provide you a unique opportunity to ask your questions to Dr. Marc Gerdisch, Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Franciscan Health. Dr. Gerdisch is a world-renowned expert who has performed over 4,000 heart valve operations.

This is going to be great! I look forward to seeing you on this interactive webinar!

Keep on tickin,
Adam

“What About Risk, Mortality & Age?” asks Mark

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Medical Expert: Marc Gerdisch, MD, Chief of Cardiac Surgery, Franciscan Health
Published: May 18, 2023

At the recent Mitral Conclave conference, I received a great question from Mark about heart valve surgery risk, mortality and age. In his email, Mark asked me, “Hi Adam, I am 87 years old. I’ve had an aortic valve replacement in July. I then needed a MitraClip in October. Now, I have been diagnosed with severe mitral valve regurgitation again. I am investigating less-invasive surgical treatments. I feel like I’m a walking time bomb. Do you have any data on mortality for age groups?”

To answer Mark’s question, I was very fortunate to interview Dr. Marc Gerdisch, the Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Franciscan Health in Indianapolis, Indiana, who has successfully treated over 125 patients in our community. Here’s the highlights from our discussion.

 

 
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Andy & David Transform Heart Surgery Into Brotherhood!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: May 17, 2023

The patient stories in our Community never cease to amaze and inspire me. For example, this is the story of Andy Dial and David Seligman.

 

Heart Valve Patients ConnectDavid Seligman & Andy Dial (Heart Valve Surgery Patients)

 

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