HeartValveSurgery.com Relaunches with 50 New Features to Educate & Empower Patients Diagnosed with Heart Valve Disease

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Leading Patient-Advocacy Website Extends Interactive Platform with Over 50 Enhancements Including a ‘Cardiac Clinics’ Section

"The story of HeartValveSurgery.com is extraordinary," notes Dr. A. Marc Gillinov, heart surgeon at Cleveland Clinic and co-author of Heart411.

HeartValveSurgery.com, the largest online resource for patients with heart valve disease, announced today an extensive re-launch of its interactive and educational platform with over 50 new features and functions.

“This is a significant step in the evolution of HeartValveSurgery.com,” notes Adam Pick, former patient, author of The Patient’s Guide To Heart Valve Surgery and website founder. “The new technologies, interface, services, downloads and applications actively support our mission to educate and empower patients – from diagnosis through recovery.” Click to watch Adam Pick's relaunch video.

HeartValveSurgery.com offers patients and their caregivers a trusted, end-to-end platform for learning about and experiencing heart valve surgery. The platform includes a book, a blog, a surgeon finder, a cardiac clinic directory, educational videos and a social network designed exclusively for patients with heart valve disorders including aortic stenosis and mitral regurgitation.

During 2011, HeartValveSurgery.com received 1.2 million visits while expanding its online library to more than 10,000 pages of educational and user-generated content.

"The story of HeartValveSurgery.com is extraordinary," notes Dr. A. Marc Gillinov, heart surgeon at Cleveland Clinic and co-author of Heart 411. "This website fills an important gap for patients. In addition to trusted information, Adam’s website provides compassion, reassurance and connections among patients. This is a huge contribution to the welfare of patients everywhere."

With the relaunch, HeartValveSurgery.com will introduce patients and their caregivers to a special 'Cardiac Clinics' section of the website. This section includes a directory and a new 'Heart Valve Clinic Microsite' application that educates patients about leading heart valve treatment centers using extensive multimedia capabilities including videos, patient success stories, virtual tours, clinic guides, surgeon profiles and more.

Cleveland Clinic, The Mount Sinai Medical Center, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Florida Hospital Cardiovascular Institute, Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California and Sequoia Hospital Heart & Vascular Institute are among the first cardiac centers to launch their respective microsites.

“This moment belongs to the patients, the caregivers, the nurses, the doctors and our sponsors,” notes Pick, “It is their support, their encouragement, and their interactions that has transformed our website into a vibrant and caring community.”

To learn more, please watch the relaunch video at http://www.HeartValveSurgery.com/relaunch.

About HeartValveSurgery.com
Founded in 2006, HeartValveSurgery.com has helped millions of patients and their caregivers better understand the realities of heart valve surgery from the patient perspective.

Contact HeartValveSurgery.com:
Adam Pick, Founder
(310) 990-3401

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