The second annual National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day is less than one month away! This campaign was created to raise awareness about the risk of heart valve disease, encourage patients to get their heart checked regularly, and educate the public about the innovative treatment options that are available.
As many as 5 million Americans have heart valve disease (HVD) which involves damage to one or more of the heart’s valves. While some types are not serious, others can lead to major complications—including death.
HVD can be there at birth, or develop from damage later in life from calcification, other cardiovascular diseases and conditions, or infection. Age is the greatest risk factor with 1 in 8 people ages 75 and older estimated to have moderate to severe HVD.
Each year, an estimated 22,000 people in the U.S. die from HVD. For patients with severe aortic stenosis, their survival rate is as low as 50% at 2 years after the onset of symptoms and 20% at 5 years. Fortunately, valve disease can usually be successfully treated with valve repair and replacement in patients of all ages
A recent survey of more than 2,000 adults in the U.S. found that while over half have heard of heart valve disease (HVD), less than one in four know somewhat or a great deal about HVD. And, although awareness increases with age, 30 percent of respondents over the age of 65 say they know nothing about HVD.
The seriousness of HVD, combined with the fact that disease symptoms are often difficult to detect or dismissed as a normal part of aging, makes this lack of awareness dangerous.
To learn more about this exciting campaign and see how to get involved, visit www.ValveDiseaseDay.org