Adam's Heart Valve Surgery Blog – Page 9

Adam’s Angels: Downright Amazing!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: May 5, 2022

Our Patient Community never ceases to amaze me!

This time… Richard Munson, a mitral valve patient from Massachusetts, took it upon himself to celebrate many patients in our Community who actively welcome, support and encourage other patients needing heart valve surgery. 

Richard officially named the support group, “Adam’s Angels”, and created a poster to showcase the community-members in this group.   How wonderful is that?

 

Adam's Heart Valve Angels

 

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Calcium Supplements Could Spell Trouble for Older Heart Valve Patients

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: April 27, 2022

For many patients, heart valve calcification is public enemy number one.  A calcified heart valve can lead to severe stenosis, debilitating symptoms, major health risks and death.

That said, I often receive the following question from patients, “Hi Adam – If calcium build-up on my valve is bad, should I stop taking calcium supplements?”  Although I had previously heard that calcium supplements do not pose a potential threat to heart valve patients, new research from the Cleveland Clinic may be challenging that notion.

 

Calcium Supplements Heart Valve Disease

 
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With 4,000 Facebook Likes, Timothy’s Post-Op Picture Goes Viral!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: April 12, 2022

Our global community of patients, care partners, doctors, physician assistants, nurses, hospitals and medical companies is downright amazing!

For example, I recently posted a post-op picture of Timothy Andre shortly after his successful Ross Procedure by Dr. Paul Stelzer at Mount Sinai on the HeartValveSurgery.com Facebook page.

Within seconds… People all over the world began smashing the “Like” button on Timothy’s photo. So far, there have been more than 4,000 “Likes” for Timothy’s post. The encouragement for Timothy then spilled into the comments section of his post where over 400 people shared supportive comments, good wishes and prayers for Timothy’s recovery.

 

Timothy Andre - Ross Procedure Patient
 
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Join Over 500 Patients on Today’s Webinar!!!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Medical Expert: Marc Gerdisch, MD, Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Franciscan Health
Published: April 11, 2022

[April 15, 2022 Update: Great News! The “Advancing Aortic Valve Surgery Using 3D Imaging & Artificial Intelligence” webinar with Dr. Gerdisch from Franciscan Health was a wonderful and very interactive session with over 500 patient registrations. You can now watch the webinar video playback at this link.]

Dear Patients & Friends,

I’m excited to announce that our LIVE and FREE patient education events continue this Thursday, April 14 at 6pm EST, with a special webinar, “Advancing Aortic Valve Surgery Using 3D Imaging & Artificial Intelligence”.  The featured speaker is Dr. Marc Gerdisch, the Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Franciscan Health, who has performed over 4,000 heart valve operations and successfully treated more than 120 patients from our community.

 

Advancing Aortic Valve Surgery

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Our YouTube Channel Subscribers Jump 214%

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: April 7, 2022

Hey Everybody,

Wow!

I just noticed that our subscribers at YouTube jumped 214% in the last seven months.

That right. The HeartValveSurgery.com YouTube Channel has grown from 14,000 subscribers to over 44,000 subscribers in a very, very, very short timeframe considering we launched the channel all the way back in 2010.

 

HeartValveSurgery.com YouTube Channel Subscribers

 

It is really amazing to see how our videos – which are filmed with patients in our Community and world-renowned surgeons and cardiologists – are helping so many people get educated and empowered specific to the management and treatment of heart valve disease.  Thanks so much for your support!!!

Click here to subscribe to the HeartValveSurgery.com YouTube Channel.  It’s free!

Keep on tickin!
Adam

New Interactive Features Launch at Our Community!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: March 4, 2022

Our online Community is one of the fastest growing sections of HeartValveSurgery.com. It’s a great place where patients, family members and friends can share their experiences, connect and learn from each other.

Thanks to your wonderful feedback, I am happy to share that we just launched several new interactive updates to the Community. Here’s a video to help you learn about the new interactive features. (See the “refreshed” Patient News Feed here.)

 

 

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Sara Wins Heart Valve Day Patient Giveaway!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Page last updated: February 28, 2022

Thanks to all the wonderful patients in our community who entered our Heart Valve Day Patient Giveaway! It was amazing to see that over 1,000 patients entered the fun giveaway.

As for the winner… I am excited to share that Sara, a mitral and tricuspid valve repair patient, from California won the giveaway.
 

Heart Valve Day Giveaways Winner 2022Sara Wins Heart Valve Day Patient Giveaway

 
When Sara found out that she won the giveaway, she sent me a note saying, “Thank You! Wow! Cool! I had endocardial cushion defect. So, I had mitral valve and tricuspid valve repairs as part of that. I have two nephews who have had to have heart valve surgery over the last 2 years — in their early 50s. I was able to support them a lot with your website and newsletter content.”

 
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“My Aortic Stenosis Journey Toolkit” Launches to Help Patients!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Page last updated: February 23, 2022

I am excited to announce the launch of the “My Aortic Stenosis Journey Toolkit” for aortic stenosis patients.

Aortic stenosis is a common and dangerous type of heart disease in which the aortic valve is narrowed thereby limiting the flow of blood through the heart and body.  Without treatment, 50% of severe aortic stenosis patients will die just 24 months after the onset of symptoms.

 

 
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Free “Heart Valve Day Giveaway” for Patients!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: February 21, 2022

[UPDATE: Unfortunately, we are no longer accepting entries for the “Heart Valve Day Giveaway”. All entries for the giveaway needed to be submitted by 11:59pm PST on February 22, 2022. We are sorry if you did not submit your entry in time. Click here to see which patient won the giveaway.]

Woo-hoo! This Tuesday, February 22, is National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day.

To celebrate… We’re doing a special “HeartValveSurgery.com Patient Giveaway” for the wonderful members of our community. That’s right. You can enter to win all the goodies shown below.  And, it’s free!

 

Heart Valve Day Free Giveaway
 
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Our Facebook Page Tops 350,000 Members!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: February 10, 2022

Dear Patients and Friends,

I am excited to share that the HeartValveSurgery.com Facebook page just reached a fantastic milestone.  Our Facebook page now has over 350,000 members around the world!

 

Adam Pick Facebook Page for Heart Valve Patients
 
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Go Red for Women’s Heart Health!!!

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 4, 2022

Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women causing 1 in 3 deaths each year?  And, did you know that cardiovascular disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined and yet only 44% of women recognize that cardiovascular disease is their greatest health threat?

So today, on National Wear Red Day, join me as we unite for the “Go Red for Women” initiative to raise awareness for women’s heart health!

 

Go Red for Women's Heart Health

 

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Reed Is “Changed” Thanks to the Ross Procedure & Dr. Starnes!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: February 1, 2022

There is nothing better than hearing from patients about their personal journeys to healthy hearts. For example, I just got a wonderful email from Reed about his successful Ross Procedure with Dr. Vaughn Starnes at Keck Medicine of USC. (As you might recall, Dr. Starnes performed my Ross Procedure over 15 years ago.)

 

Ross Procedure PatientReed After Ross Procedure with Danny

 

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“Which Family Members Are At Risk for Bicuspid Aortic Valves?” asks Donna

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Page last updated: January 26, 2022

I just received a fantastic question about the genetics specific to bicuspid aortic valves (BAV).

In her email, Donna asks, “Adam – I had a BAV and aneurysm replacement surgery 9 and 1/2 years ago. My question after watching the Advances in Aortic Valve & Aneurysm Surgery Webinar is, ‘Which family members could also be at risk?’ I have no knowledge of family members that had this issue.  But, what about my children or grandchildren?”

 

Bicuspid Aortic Valve Comparison

 

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Join 700 Aortic Valve Patients on Today’s Webinar!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Page last updated: January 21, 2022

[January 21, 2022 Update: Great News! The “Advances in Aortic Valve & Aneurysm Surgery” webinar with Penn Medicine was a wonderful and very interactive session with over 700 patient registrations. You can now watch the webinar video playback at this link.]

I’m excited to announce that our LIVE and FREE patient education events continue this Thursday, January 20 at 6pm EST, with a special webinar, “Advances in Aortic Valve & Aneurysm Surgery”, featuring Penn Medicine Heart and Vascular Center doctors.

 

Webinar Video

 

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After Emergency Surgery, Baby Alfred Gets “Second Chance” at Life!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: January 11, 2022

In November… Thanks to your extraordinary support, the patient community at HeartValveSurgery.com sponsored the cardiac surgery of Baby Alfred, a courageous 8-month old boy from Nigeria, who suffered from Tetralogy of Fallot, a life-threatening form of heart valve disease.

Unfortunately, after traveling from Nigeria to Amrita Institute of Medial Sciences and Research Centre in Kerala, India, Alfred’s medical team quickly learned that his condition was much worse than expected.

 

Tetralogy of Fallot PatientAlfred Arrives at Amrita Institute in India After Traveling from Nigeria

 
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Happy Holidays Everybody!!!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Post last updated: December 24, 2021

Dear Patients & Friends

On behalf of Robyn, Ethan and Bodie, I want to wish you and all those around you a safe and happy holidays!

 

Pick Family Holiday Card

 

All the best in 2022!!!
Adam

HeartValveSurgery.com Celebrates 15-Year Anniversary!

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

I am happy to share that 15 years ago today HeartValveSurgery.com launched.

So you know… When I posted our first blog on December 17, 2006, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. We had no plan.  We had no team. No playbook. No nothing. I simply knew that I wanted to help other patients learn from my mistakes.

 

Happy 15 Year Anniversary HeartValveSurgery.com
 
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Hoag Memorial Hospital Joins Our Community!

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

I am excited to announce that the Jeffrey M. Carlton Heart & Vascular Institute at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian just became the newest sponsor of HeartValveSurgery.com.

 

Hoag Sponsors HeartValveSurgery.com!

 

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On Thanksgiving, We Help Give Life to Baby Alfred!!!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: November 24, 2021

Dear Patients and Friends,

On Thanksgiving, I am happy to share wonderful news with the HeartValveSurgery.com community!!!

Thanks to your extraordinary support, we just sponsored the life-saving heart surgery of Baby Alfred, a 7-month-old boy from Lagos, Nigeria.  Alfred was born with Tetralogy of Fallot, a dangerous, congenital heart defect that affects blood flow through the heart valves.
 

Alfred - Gift of Life Patient from Nigeria

 
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Patient Webinar Announced: “Advances in Mitral Valve Surgery” with Dr. Joanna Chikwe & Me!

Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: Thursday, November 9, 2021

[Update: Great News! The “Advances in Mitral Valve Surgery” webinar with Dr. Chikwe from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and Wendy Spector, a recent mitral valve repair patient, was a wonderful and very interactive session with over 350 patient registrations. You can now watch the webinar video playback at this link.]

I’m excited to announce that our LIVE and FREE patient education events continue this Thursday, November 11 at 6pm EST, with a special webinar, “Advances in Mitral Valve Surgery”.  The featured speakers are Dr. Joanna Chikwe, the Chair of Cardiac Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the #3 ranked heart hospital according to U.S. News & World Report, Wendy Spector, a mitral valve patient, and me.

 

Mitral Valve Webinar with Dr. Joanna Chikwe

 

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