Adam's Heart Valve Surgery Blog – Page 8

Unexpected! Hear Adam Talk About Our New Patient Survey & More on “Bill Martinez Live”

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.



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I’ll Be On Talk Radio Today & Tomorrow (Updated)!

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!


Adam Pick Preparing for Radio Interview


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Medtronic Joins Community to Educate & Empower Patients!

By Adam Pick on July 15, 2020

On behalf of our patient community, I am excited to announce that Medtronic, one of the world’s largest medical device companies and a leading heart valve manufacturer, is officially joining the community to help educate and empower patients!


Medtronic Is New Sponsor

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Mother & Son Share Special Heart Surgery Bond Thanks to Dr. Marc Gillinov!

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.


Mother and Son Patients with Dr. Marc Gillinov at Cleveland ClinicKathy, Carter & Dr. Marc Gillinov

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Advances in Bicuspid Aortic Valve Therapy Webinar (Free eBook & Video)

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.



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Patient Webinar: “Advances in Bicuspid Aortic Valve Therapy” with Dr. Malaisrie, Dr. Puthumana & Me

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.]

Great news!

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.


Bicuspid Aortic Valve Webinar Patient Invitation


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After Ross Procedure Success, Elizabeth Runs to Support Heart Disease Patients!

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.


Ross Procedure Patient Recovery from Hospital Bed to Running


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A Safe “New Normal” for Cardiac Surgical Appointments during COVID-19

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.


Nurse with Stethoscope on Patient Heart During PandemicPatient Being Examined During COVID-19 (Northwestern Medicine)


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We’re #2 On The “Top Heart Blog & Websites” Rankings For 2020!

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 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!


Rankings Award Certificate for


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Ethan’s Graduating From Elementary School!

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!!!!!


Ethan Pick Graduates Elementary School

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Ed Can Walk Up Stairs Again Thanks to a Mitral Valve & Maze Procedure!

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…


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Over 3,000 Heart Valve Patient Surveys Completed! Thank You!

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


Adam Pick Holding Thank You Sign for Patient Survey Completion


Again, thank you!!!

Keep on tickin!


Take the Heart Valve Patient Survey!!!

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.]

Hi Patients!

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!


Survey Request for Heart Valve Patients


In advance, thanks so much for your help on this survey!

I really appreciate it!

Keep on tickin!

After Heart Surgery, Frank Wins Pickleball Silver Medal At National Championships

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, Heart Valve Patient & Pickleball ChampionFrank Collura (Aortic Valve Replacement Patient)


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Sternum Wires: Can I Get an MRI After Heart Surgery? What About Chest Wire Removal?

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?”

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“What About Aortic Valve Replacement Failure, TAVR & Sternum Pain?” asks Mike

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


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Abbott, a Leading Heart Valve Manufacturer, Develops New 5-Minute COVID-19 Test

By Adam Pick on April 7, 2020

Big news!

I am happy to report that Abbott, a leading manufacturer of heart valve replacement and repair devices, has developed a new, rapid molecular test that can detect COVID-19 in just 5 minutes.  Yes, just 5 minutes!!!

This is a HUGE improvement compared to other coronavirus tests that can take several days to get positive or negative results.



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Medtronic Doubles Ventilator Production to Help COVID-19 Patients!

By Adam Pick on March 27, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic surges past 921,000 worldwide cases, I need to thank Medtronic for doubling its ventilator production to help patients suffering from the novel coronavirus.



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In These Difficult Times… John & Larry Inspire Us

By Adam Pick on March 21, 2020

During these challenging times of uncertainty, confusion and disbelief caused by COVID-19, I was lucky to just experience an unexpected and inspirational moment thanks to John Roland and Larry Manshel.


John Roland & Larry Manshel (Heart Valve Patients)

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