Adam Pick  just posted an important message for all community members.

Great News!!!!  Thanks to your feedback and suggestions, we are relaunching HeartValveSurgery.com right now.  To learn about all the new and exciting features of the website, please click here.


Catie B  Oh, wow!--that's exciting, Adam! Thank you for all your care and hard work that have gone into these upgrades! I don't understand each element, but it sounds like it's been a tremendous project.
Adam Pick  Thanks Catie! No need to thank me. THANK YOU for being part of this wonderful community of caring and inspirational people!!!!
Jennifer John  Thanks, Adam.👍🏻❤️
Adam Pick  Thanks so much Jennifer!!! Right back atcha!!! 👍🏻❤️ 👍🏻❤️ 👍🏻❤️
Gina Fiorentino  Adam, WOW this is so exciting! Delighted to hear that now even more patients around the world will be able to find out about heartvalvesurgery.com resources ... Read more
jonathan smithjust updated his profile
21 minutes ago

Check out the new edits to 'My Story' page by clicking here.

Upcoming Patient Surgeries


Sandy Bauer Schnaus
Bicuspid Aortic Valve
August 14, 2018

Thomas Morrissette
Tricuspid Regurgitation
August 15, 2018

Penny Jones
Aortic Stenosis
August 16, 2018
Judy Sgot a new guestbook post
3 hours ago
Steven Methot writes, "Judy... any word? We're waiting with worms in our mouth. (Baited breath?)"
Sandy Bauer Schnausgot a new guestbook post
3 hours ago
Steven Methot writes, "Sandy...

One foot in front of another. One step at a time. You can do this! I look forward to reading your journal entries about your recovery!"
Steven Methotposted an update
5 hours ago
The biopsy results came in this morning. My Nephrologist's assistant called to make an appointment and we went into a bit of a dance. The doc is on vacation until the end of ... Read more
Anna Jones  Well that is wonderful news. I am sure you and your wife are beside yourselves with relief. I'm so glad your primary care physician was able to give you the ... Read more
Ron Weaver  Great news!
Dan Vechiola  Awesome news Steven. So glad to hear. One big thing to have off of your mind. Enjoy!
Judy Shaw  Yay!! Great news.
Susan Lynn  Fantastic news!! I'm so happy for you and your family!!!
LINDA ROBERTS  Such wonderful news!
Mark Wilbur  Good news, Steven. You really didn't worry about it... did you? Savor the moment you heard those words! What a relief!
Louanna Miller  Awesome news, Steven!!!
Steven Methot  What? Me? Worry? I will admit to having a bit of the IT anger at having a symptom with no root cause. But I think I can deal with that. Thanks all. Now... about that aneurysm...
Steven Methot  What? Me? Worry? I will admit to having a bit of the IT anger at having a symptom with no root cause. But I think I can deal with that. Thanks all. Now... about that aneurysm...
Diane Maher  A fantastic way to spell relief...no cancer! Very happy for you Steven!!
Bill Gillam  Hallelujah!
Bill Gillam  Hallelujah!
Judy Sgot a new guestbook post
7 hours ago
Sue Tom writes, "Hi Judy, was wondering how you are coming along. Hope things are going smoothly."
LINDA ROBERTSgot a new guestbook post
7 hours ago
Sue Tom writes, "Best of luck to you Linda. Sending you best wishes for a successful surgery and a smooth uncomplicated recovery. Let us know how you are doing when you are on the other side recovering."
LINDA ROBERTS  Thank you so much, Sue. I hope you will find a surgeon you have trust in and have your questions answered about your special situation. This is a wonderful community who will reach out to you.
Brett Butlergot a new guestbook post
8 hours ago
Sue Tom writes, "Only a few more days before surgery Brett. Sending best wishes your way for a successful surgery and a smooth recovery."
Penny Jonesgot a new guestbook post
8 hours ago
Sue Tom writes, "Wishing you a successful surgery and a smooth recovery."
Thomas Morrissette got a new guestbook post
8 hours ago
Sue Tom writes, "Sending good luck wishes for a successful surgery and a smooth recovery."
Louanna Miller  Thinking about you and your surgery. Hoping for a completely successful surgery and return to great health.
Sandy Bauer Schnausgot a new guestbook post
8 hours ago
Sue Tom writes, "Sending best wishes to you for a successful surgery and a smooth recovery."
Judy Shawposted a journal
9 hours ago
No pain??
Well, I heard back from FNP at my surgeon's office. She said at 6 weeks post OHS I should be able to do all at cardiac rehab without any pain around my incision or the muscles in ... Read more
Jennifer John  Hmm. Seems a bit soon, but what do I know? I’m at 11 weeks after a right thoracotomy and still have some discomfort during and after cardiac rehab sessions. ... Read more
Kelly Stoll  Well said Jennifer! I was told 8 weeks for sternum, and about 12 weeks for muscle and tissue.
Hang in there and do go with your gut. You know you better than anyone.
Valerie Herndon-Vitarella  At rehab I wasn't allowed to even do the arm bike or rower until 8 weeks to allow for healing of the sternum. I still had some muscle pain when I started doing ... Read more
Judy Shaw  I agree everyone. My husband even said he thinks I just need more healing time.
LINDA ROBERTSgot a new guestbook post
10 hours ago
Diane Maher writes, "My bags are packed, I'm ready to go....Before you take off on that jet plane, I want to send you many best wishes for great test results and an excellent surgery free of any ... Read more
LINDA ROBERTS  Thank you so much, Diane. I am also wishing you a very successful surgery- just a few days after me. We both, I am sure, will be glad to have this behind us so we can be on the road to recovery.
Louanna Miller  Best wishes to both of you this and next week. Our surgeries are within a couple days of each other. We will have to support one another through this journey. Take care of yourself!
Denise Matthewman McKaygot a new guestbook post
11 hours ago
Adam Pick writes, "Hey there Denise!!! Welcome aboard! Like you, I also had a bicuspid aortic valve. Keep on tickin! Adam"
Valerie Altman  Meeeeee too Denise!
Louanna Miller  Welcome to the heart valve community.
Jen Savasgot a new guestbook post
11 hours ago
Adam Pick writes, "Hi Jen,

Welcome to our community! I hope the educational information and wonderful people in our community will help you along your journey to a healthy heart on November 1, ... Read more
Valerie Altmanposted an update
11 hours ago

No blockages in Cath today 😎 however apparently I'm a member of the tiny artery club also.... Started on my wrist ended in my groin. Needed some bed rest anyways I guess.....

Anna Jones  Very glad there are no blockages. Take it easy. Sending best wishes.
Adam Pick  Great news that there were no blockages!
Susan Lynn  Awesome! No blockages!!!
Judy Shaw  Great news!
Diane Maher  I empathize with your pain, Valerie but, yes, the great news is no blockages and that we didn't have our angiogram a day or two before our surgery!
LINDA ROBERTS  Very good news!
Kelly Stoll  Congrats on no blockages. That's good news :)
Penny Jonesjust updated her profile
11 hours ago

Check out the new edits to 'My Story' page by clicking here.

Debbie Chatzkyposted an update
12 hours ago

Does anyone who is taking Amiodoran and Metropolol have trouble sleeping, weight gain or low blood pressure? I am experiencing these things at 11 weeks out. Thanks everyone!

Nancy Surprenant Takahashi  I was on both, now just metropolol and can't sleep, some days I'm lucky if I get 4 hours.
Jen Savasjust updated her profile
12 hours ago

Check out the new edits to 'My Story' page by clicking here.

Louanna Miller  Welcome to the heart valve community. There is a lot of support here. Ask questions and learn as much as you can.

Take good care of yourself.
Judy Shawposted a journal
13 hours ago
Using weights at rehab??
I am 6 weeks and 4 days post OHS and not sure whether I'm ready to use hand weights just yet. I still have pain across the muscles in my chest, under my left arm and in the ... Read more
Debbie Chatzky  At my rehab center they didn't want me lifting weights or putting my arms over my head until I was 8 weeks post and then started with 1 pound weights.
Judy Shaw  Thanks for the info Debbie. I did the exercises but didn't use weights. Been sore ever since just from that. I messaged the doctor myself about this. To be ... Read more
Anna Jones  I still have pain from the exercises at 9 weeks. The only person so far that I've seen using weights was the triple bipass man.
Debbie Chatzky  I also am still having pain at 11 weeks. Chest muscles and should blade. The doctor said a massage may help.
Susan Lynn  I had a 5 lb. lifting restriction from my surgeon until 12 weeks and I didn't have my sternum cut. Usually, rehab will start you with one or two pound weights ... Read more
Jennifer John  There is no weight training in the first round of my cardiac rehab. Just cardio using treadmill and step machines, along with upper body strengthening using ... Read more
Kelly Stoll  I was told 8 weeks for anything over 5 lbs total. Then 8 to 12 weeks, to work from 5 to 10 lbs.
Mike Christjust updated his profile
14 hours ago

Check out the new edits to 'My Story' page by clicking here.

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