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

Hey Everybody! In case you missed it, here's our first "Ask Me Anything" video from the Heart Valve Summit in Chicago. In this video, Dr. Steve Bolling answers Maria's question about heart valve repair rings.


Lisa Ferguson Thanks for sharing this answer by video! It's not something I though to much about before getting my "ring", but I am really glad to know more about them.
Dan Marcantel Good info. I don't even think about my ring.
Steve Farthing Right, good to know. Plus from the backdrop of the video, I did not know you can get to this website by spelling the domain name with or without the hyphens!
Adam Pick LOL Steve! (the little things you can learn from these educational videos)
Kathy Blank Adam- so thankful for all the essential information you've gathered for this community! I am certain my outcome from MV Repair is better because of the educated ... Read more
BRENDA COWARDposted a photo
1 hours ago

This picture was taken in 2015. See my other pictures.

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Charlottesville, VA - Sponsored

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BRENDA COWARDgot a new guestbook post
1 hours ago
Jane Welp writes, "Welcome to the community. I joined in February 2017 to prepare for the aortic valve replacement in March. Very glad I did & I hope you feel that way too!"
BRENDA COWARD Thank you Jane.
BRENDA COWARDposted a photo
1 hours ago

Taken in 2017 while I was visiting the opening of the African American Museum. I was using a rollator because of just getting out of the hospital. See my other pictures.

BRENDA COWARDjust updated her profile
1 hours ago

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

Jane Welpposted a photo
1 hours ago

Visiting my friend, Kim (middle) and her mother, Patsy (right) @ OHSU. We are celebrating an early Halloween & my good news from cardiologist this week. See my other pictures.

Jane Welpposted a journal
2 hours ago
Visiting a heart patient friend today
My friend, Kim has had 3 Open heart procedures and is 20 years younger than me. Her mother is my age & her daughter’s main care giver. Kim is now fighting a huge infection and is... Read more
Rita Savelis Showing a scar is a hard thing, Jane. I hear you. It can be liberating but it is so hard as well. I still avoid mirrors myself.
Jane Welp It is not really a vanity thing but the scar startles me. Who is this different person? My scar is not fading away; it is raised & red. Even the four tube holes ... Read more
Rita Savelis You describe it well, Jane. I get you on the "it's not a vanity thing", and that it startles you to see this different person. My thoughts exactly.
I encourage ... Read more
Leigh O'Brienposted a journal
9 hours ago
Disappointed
After being on this site for a month, feel a little underwhelmed with the support and response to posts. My surgery is Friday and have had a handful of responses, thanks to you ... Read more
Rose Madura Hi Leigh. I pray your surgery goes well. Soon you'll be feeling much better. Please keep us posted.
Leigh O'Brien Thanks Rose. Can’t wait to catch my breath again.
Catie B I'm sorry you didn't receive as many posts and all the support you had hoped for, Leigh.

If you get a chance, I'd encourage you to put a photo up on your "My ... Read more
Gerald Poulton Hi Leigh, back from Mexico and your sons wedding I see, now back to life and reality. Last time you posted I didnt think you had a surgery date yet, that came ... Read more
Jane Welp Having a photo does help but I probably post too many. I had to pull away from this community for a time because I was causing myself stress thinking about ... Read more
Rita Savelis I'm sorry you haven't gotten the support you needed here. I went through a time when the posts of others were difficult for me and I couldn't always be there ... Read more
Ruth Howelljust updated her profile
10 hours ago

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

Ronese Nantellegot a new guestbook post
10 hours ago
Ruth Howell writes, "Hi Ronese,
I can totally relate to what you are going through. My surgery was back in 2011 when I was 64 and I too was climbing the walls and having periods of feeling happy ... Read more
Phyllis Petersenposted a photo
12 hours ago

My sister Kathy and me at Fall Ball, a rock/alt festival See my other pictures.

Anna Jones Nice picture. Looks like you both were having fun.
Phyllis Petersenposted a photo
12 hours ago

Hiking Madera Canyon last week. See my other pictures.

Barbara Wood Beautiful!
Rose Madura Nice pic!
Ronese Nantellegot a new guestbook post
16 hours ago
Karen Warren writes, "HI Ronese,
The worry before surgery is the worst. I had my aortic valve replaced Oct 17. I tried to concentrate on eating well drinking lots of water to be in the best shape ... Read more
John Dodsongot a new guestbook post
17 hours ago
Jeana writes, "Yay, it is done. Welcome to the rest of your life. Jeana"
Ruth Howellposted an update
19 hours ago
PART 1: At the request of several people, I am going to post the full story of my heart surgery experience. It is not pleasant. If you don't want to read about complications and ... Read more
Ronese Nantelle I thank you very much for starting to tell your story which has reminded me of other parts of "my own past" heart issues, now leading up to "what COMES next. ... Read more
Ruth Howell Thank you, Ronese. I will also read your story.
Ruth Howell I posted part 2 of my story, but cannot locate it. Has anyone been able to find it? Thank you.
Barbara Wood Great summary Ruth...I'm wondering if living at a high altitude might have affected my valve too. We lived in Santa Fe (7000 ft) for 6 Years before moving to ... Read more
Catie B I only see part 1, Ruth. But I'm looking forward to reading the rest of your story.
Your getting EMDR was a brilliant move. I nearly lost my mind from anxiety, ... Read more
Rita Savelis Writing is healing. Writing is above all for yourself, but others will see themselves in the writing and feel less alone.
Thank you Ruth for taking the time to write, and to write so well.

Jane Welp An important story from an investigative report....thank you.
Ruth Howellposted an update
19 hours ago
PART 1: At the request of several people, I am going to post the full story of my heart surgery experience. It is not pleasant. If you don't want to read about complications and ... Read more
Artie Hallposted a photo
21 hours ago

Just shy of 10 weeks post op and I'm returning to most things that I did before. Last night I was able to put on the big drum again and play a few sets with a few members of the NYPD Pipes and Drums at Carmines restaurant in midtown Manhattan. See my other pictures.

Artie Hall Just shy of 10 weeks post op and I'm returning to most things that I did before. Last night I was able to put on the big drum again and play a few sets with ... Read more
Lilly Black That's a great come-back from coming back! Congratulations, Artie! just be careful of doing too much too soon surrounding your sternum. We're all different ... Read more
Artie Hall What kind of trouble did you have ? and hopefully it's resolved ?
Kenneth Hartgot a new guestbook post
21 hours ago
Tina Williams writes, "Hi Kenneth- Hard to believe next week I will be traveling to my 4 week (post-op) appt! The progress is amazing - though I've definitely got a long way to go. Having stairs were ... Read more
Steve Tenhousejust updated his profile
21 hours ago

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

Ronese Nantellejust updated her profile
21 hours ago

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

Michelle Vecchionegot a new guestbook post
23 hours ago
Kathi Mancuso writes, "Hi Michelle.
I am 5 days out from OHS....AVR..... as I sit in my recliner yesssss I do hurt but I wanted to give you some reassuring words. YOU WILL get thru this. It isDOABLE... Read more
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