Heart Valve Disease Personal Stories

Updated:Oct 16,2014
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Facing heart valve surgery can be a daunting task. You have every reason to be hopeful and positive about your recovery. You’re in good company: hear from other patients sharing their experience with heart valve surgery.

Adam PickAdam Pick: Patient Advocate and Author
Meet Adam Pick, who became passionate about helping patients and caregivers after his double heart valve replacement surgery.
Diane GrafDiane Graf: Heart Disease and Stroke Survivor
Not only did Diane Graf have double heart valve replacement surgery, further testing determined that she had suffered a stroke in the process.
 Karen GriffithKaren Griffith: Aortic Valve Replacement
Facing aortic valve replacement at the age of 85, Karen was naturally anxious about the surgery. Her positive attitude and sense of humor helped speed her recovery, and she continues to travel and enjoy life. 
Robert Epps

Robert Epps: Inspired Volunteer Educator 
After many years of active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard, Robert noticed a concerning drop off in his energy and stamina. Hear about Robert's wake-up call, his valve replacement, and the gratitude that fuels his life and his mission today.

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