20 Feb This February, Pay Attention to the Heart & Its Valves
When most patients think about Heart Disease, their heart valves aren’t exactly top of mind. Five million people in the U.S. alone suffer from Heart Valve Disease (HVD), and yet more than three quarters of Americans are unaware HVD even exists. In a recent survey of two thousand respondents, 30 percent over the age of 65 didn’t know about HVD at all, and yet each year, an estimated 25,000 people in the U.S. die from HVD.
February is American Heart Month, and National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day — February 22nd — is an annual day dedicated to increasing recognition of the specific risks and symptoms of heart valve disease, improving detection and treatment, and ultimately saving lives.
Heart Valve Disease Day’s website offers an excellent patient and caregiver resource for information on HVD that’s simply written with patients and families in mind. Take advantage of this free resource and share it with your patients so they may take the best possible care of their hearts and their overall health. With education and advocacy, we can reduce the number of people who lose their independence and their ability to fully participate in their lives or even die from the disease.
That’s why CardioVisual is partnering with Alliance for Aging Research and valvediseaseday.org organization, to increase awareness of HVD through reliable and accurate information patients can access on their mobile devices with CardioVisual’s app. Join the movement to raise awareness about heart valve disease and protect patient lives.