Adam's Heart Valve Surgery Blog – Page 41

“What Is The Normal Size Of An Aortic Valve?” Asks Emma

By Adam Pick on July 2, 2010

I just received a question from Emma about the normal size of an aortic valve.

She writes, “Hi Adam, I’ve been diagnosed with severe aortic valve stenosis although I am asymptomatic. I believe I’m on the path to surgery as my echo shows a valve area of 0.9. I’m curious. What is the normal size of the aortic valve? Thanks for all you do! Emma”

 

Guidelines - Diagnosing Aortic Stenosis

 

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Be Still My Beating Heart…

By Adam Pick on July 2, 2010

I am a huge fan of all types of music – from classic rock to jazz to country to opera to new age. I even play a few instruments including the guitar and bass.

On that note (pun intended), it was 1987 when I first listened to Sting’s second solo release, Nothing Like The Sun. On that cd, there was an incredibly soothing song that would eventually become one of my favorites. That song is “Be Still My Beating Heart”.

I’m not sure if you have similar musical tastes to mine. But, given the theme of this blog and its interesting lyrics, I figured it might be fun to share this calming song with you. Simply press the play button below and make sure the volume on your computer is on.

If you are curious, here are the lyrics:

 

“Be Still My Beating Heart”

Be still my beating heart
It would be better to be cool
It’s not time to be open just yet
A lesson once learned is so hard to forget
Be still my beating heart
Or I’ll be taken for a fool
It’s not healthy to run at this pace
The blood runs so red to my face
I’ve been to every single book I know
To soothe the thoughts that plague me so

I sink like a stone that’s been thrown in the ocean
My logic has drowned in a sea of emotion
Stop before you start
Be still my beating heart

Restore my broken dreams
Shattered like a falling glass
I’m not ready to be broken just yet
A lesson once learned is so hard to forget

Be still my beating heart
You must learn to stand your ground
It’s not healthy to run at this pace
The blood runs so red to my face
I’ve been to every single book I know
To soothe the thoughts that plague me so

Stop before you start
Be still my beating heart

Never to be wrong
Never to make promises that break
It’s like singing in the wind
Or writing on the surface of a lake
And I wriggle like a fish caught on dry land
And I struggle to avoid any help at hand

I sink like a stone that’s been thrown in the ocean
My logic has drowned in a sea of emotion
Stop before you start
Be still my beating heart

 

Have a great 4th of July weekend!

Keep on tickin!
Adam

You Are Helping Save Victor’s Life!!!

By Adam Pick on June 30, 2010

On March 31, we donated $5,000 to the Gift of Life charity to help children born with heart defects. The donation was raised thanks to (i) purchases of my book and (ii) sponsorships from surgeons, clinics and medical device manufacturers.

Today, I learned that our donation will help Victor Manuel Saravia, a 12-month old boy from El Salvador that is very ill. Here is a recent picture of Victor:

 

 

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Thank You, Media Planet & The Chicago Tribune

By Adam Pick on June 30, 2010

As strange as this sounds… In today’s edition of The Chicago Tribune I find myself on the cover of an educational magazine titled “Cardiovascular Care”.

 

Cardiovascular Care - Adam Pick Featured In Chicago Tribune Supplement

 

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“When Can I Sleep On My Tummy After Heart Valve Surgery?” Asks Nicole

By Adam Pick on June 29, 2010

I just received an interesting question from Nicole about sleeping on your stomach after open heart surgery.

Nicole writes, “Adam – I had my mitral valve repaired 2 weeks ago. The surgeon used a sternotomy, so my chest is still sore. I’m a tummy sleeper, so I’m not sleeping well. How long until I can sleep on my stomach? Thanks! Nicole”

 

Sleep After Open Heart Valve Surgery On Your Stomach (Tummy)

 

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Registration Instructions: Dr. Roselli’s Live Internet Chat – Wednesday, July 7 At 2pm (EST)

By Adam Pick on June 28, 2010

Great news!

You can now register for Dr. Eric Roselli’s upcoming chat titled, “Aortic Valve & Aorta Surgery”, scheduled for Wednesday, July 7 at 2pm (EST).

 

Dr. Roselli - Live Internet Chat - Aortic Valve And Aorta Surgery

 

This special, one-hour session, hosted by The Cleveland Clinic, will provide you with direct access to one of their leading heart surgeons.

If you would like to join this free online chat, you must register at The Cleveland Clinic website. Here are the actions needed to register. Please follow these step-by-step instructions. It’s a little bit tricky so you may want to print out these instructions.

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“Will I Be Wearing Compression Stockings After Heart Surgery In The Intensive Care Unit?” Asks Dave

By Adam Pick on June 28, 2010

I just received a question from Dave about the use of compression stockings after heart surgery.

Dave writes, “Adam – The time is here. I’m going in for mitral valve repair (not replacement I hope) due to severe mitral regurgitation and an enlarged heart. Yesterday, I was at a barbecue when a friend told me that I should expect to be in annoying compression stockings after heart surgery – when I wake up in the intensive care unit (ICU). Is that true? Thanks, Dave”

 

Compression Stockings After Heart Surgery

 

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Surgeon Interview: Dr. Jai Raman Discusses Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Treatment

By Adam Pick on June 26, 2010

Several weeks ago, I shared the touching story of William Luna’s high risk valve repair. Shortly thereafter, I received several emails about minimally-invasive procedures and Dr. Jai Raman — the surgeon who performed William’s procedure.

Given your interest in these topics, I contacted Dr. Jai Raman, Chief of Cardiac Surgery, at Rush Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. Luckily, a few days later, I found myself chatting one-on-one with Dr. Raman. I thought you might like to read the highlights from our discussion:

Adam: Thanks so much for taking time to speak with me today. I’d like to ask you a couple questions about minimally invasive valve repair and replacement.

Dr. Jai Raman: Adam, it is good to talk to you and learn about the great service you provide to patients and caregivers.

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“Should I Get A Teeth Cleaning Before Heart Surgery?” Asks Karen

By Adam Pick on June 25, 2010

I just received an interesting question from Karen about teeth cleaning before heart surgery.

Karen writes to me, “Adam – Next month, I’m going in for valve replacement due to a stenotic aortic valve. I’ve been watching my valve slowly deteriorate over the past 10 years, so I’ve had time to mentally and physically prepare for the procedure. Quick question… I’ve read that I should get a teeth cleaning before heart surgery. Is that true? Thanks for your all you do! Karen”

 

Teeth Cleaning Before Heart Valve Surgery

 

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Friday Fun: Why Do Boys Need Their Parents?

By Adam Pick on June 25, 2010

As many of you know, I’m a newbie when it comes to parenting. As Ethan, my first child is 15 months old now, Robyn (my wife) and I are continuously learning  about our new roles as “Mah-Mah” and “Dah-Dah” every day.  Along the way, I think Ethan (shown below) may be learning a thing or two from us as well.

 

Ethan Pick

 

That said, when I received this email… I smiled, giggled, chuckled, and ultimately laughed out loud. I thought you might enjoy a few of these images, so here, without further ado is a pictorial collage entitled, “Why Do Boys Need Their Parents?”:

 

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Dr. Eric Roselli’s Interactive Chat Scheduled For July 7!

By Adam Pick on June 23, 2010

I’m hoping this announcement will help those of you diagnosed with heart valve disorders including aortic valve stenosis and aortic valve regurgitation.

On Wednesday, July 7, 2010, Dr. Eric Roselli, M.D., of the Cleveland Clinic, is going to host an exclusive chat titled, “Aortic Valve & Aorta Surgery”, with our patient and caregiver community at 2pm (EST).

 

Doctor Eric Roselli Internet Chat About Aorta And Aortic Valve Surgery

 

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Dr. Marc Gillinov Gets 12 Thumbs And 2 Paws Up!

By Adam Pick on June 17, 2010

Over the past few months, Dr. A. Marc Gillinov, a leading heart surgeon from The Cleveland Clinic, has been incredibly supportive of our patients and caregivers. Not only did Dr. Gillinov host an exclusive Internet chat with our community, but he quickly responds to many of your questions that I forward to him.

 

Dr. Marc Gillinov And Don Spencer
Don Spencer with Dr. A. Marc Gillinov

 

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Recovery Update: Barbara Walters Is “Feeling Great”, Walking Around New York City

By Adam Pick on June 17, 2010

As many of you know, Barbara Walters had heart valve surgery in May due to severe aortic stenosis.

Like many patients, Barbara has been rather private about her recovery and the details of her aortic valve replacement surgery. While I continue to receive patient emails requesting her surgeon’s name and valve replacement choice (tissue, mechanical or homograft), I often reply with, “Sorry, I don’t have anything new to share since my last update.”

 

Barbara Walters - Walking After Heart Valve Replacement Surgery

 

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Kato Pomer, 92, Has A New Lease On Life Thanks To… The MitraClip

By Adam Pick on June 3, 2010

At 92, Kato Pomer recently became one of the oldest, highest-risk patients to receive the MitraClip, a new minimally invasive treatment for severe mitral regurgitation, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

 

Kato Pomer, MitraClip Patient, Interview With Adam Pick
Kato Pomer, 92, Mitral Valve Repair Patient

 

Recently, I was fortunate to meet and interview the psychiatrist, the teacher and the artist at her home in Los Angeles, California. Considering the widespread interest in the MitraClip and Kato’s unique story, I thought you might like to review the highlights of my interview with her.

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“Can A Tricuspid Valve Be Repaired?” Asks Eva

By Adam Pick on May 30, 2010

I just received a question about tricuspid valve surgery from Eva. She writes, “Adam – Can tricuspid valves be as easily repaired as mitral valves?”

To help answer Eva’s question, I just found a great video.

 

 

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Medical Tourism Update: Ros Travels To India For Mitral Valve Repair

By Adam Pick on May 27, 2010

In a very short time, Heart Valve Journals has become an online epicenter of patient-to-patient communication specific to heart valve surgery. Using this free Internet tool, patients can share their experiences while engaging in meaningful discussions with other patients around the world.

 


Ros Hernmarck – Mitral Valve Repair Patient

 

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Now Shipping Paperbacks Internationally!

By Adam Pick on May 27, 2010

Over the years, I have received many patient and caregiver requests for paperback copies of my book from countries including Belgium, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Finland, Germany, Japan, Chile, Singapore, South Africa, New Zealand and more.

 

International Shipping Of The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery Now Available
Paperback Copies Go Global!

 

Unfortunately, I faced a few technical and shipping challenges finding an affordable way to send the book to other countries. For that reason, I have traditionally offered international readers an eBook version of The Patient’s Guide To Heart Valve Surgery.

However, that officially changed today!

Thanks to Andy, my programmer, and the United States Postal Service, my book can be sent to over 150 countries using an automated payment and mailing service. All international packages will be sent using Global Priority Mail and should reach most countries within 4-8 days.

If you have any interest in reading a paperback copy of the book, please click here to order your copy. A few books just went out to Canada, England, Ireland, Australia and Kenya.

I hope this helps all the international patients and caregivers out there!

Keep on tickin!
Adam

“Are You On The Heart-Lung Machine Longer During Robotic Valve Surgery?” Asks Nina

By Adam Pick on May 13, 2010

I just received a very interesting question from Nina about robotic heart valve repair and the heart-lung machine (also known as the “pump”).

 

Diagram Of The Heart Lung Machine
Heart-Lung Machine Diagram

 

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Barbara Walters Recovering From Heart Valve Replacement Surgery (Updated)

By Adam Pick on May 10, 2010

In case you missed the Monday edition of “The View”, it was announced that Barbara Walters will be having heart valve replacement surgery sometime this week.

 

 

Although Walters knew of her upcoming heart valve surgery for sometime, her co-hosts on The View (Whoopi Goldberg, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Joy Behar and Sherri Shephard) received the news Monday morning — shortly before viewers did.

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“What Does Mitral Stenosis Look Like?” Asks Ted

By Adam Pick on May 10, 2010

Ted just sent me a very appropriate question about mitral valve stenosis.

He writes, “Adam – I’ll be going in for mitral valve surgery due to stenosis next month. I’m doing my best to cope with the reality of open heart surgery. Quick question… Do you know what mitral valve stenosis looks like? Thanks for everything, Ted”

 

Severely Calcified Mitral Valve Stenosis
Mitral Valve Stenosis – Calcified Leaflets

 

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