National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day

February 22 was designated to raise awareness about heart valve disease, its symptoms, risk factors, detection, and treatment

During American Heart Month, on February 22, we observe National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day, a crucial initiative aimed at increasing awareness surrounding heart valve disease, including its symptoms, risk factors, detection, and treatment. This year, the focus remains on educating about a condition that affects more than 11 million Americans, with a stunning statistic revealing that almost 1 out of 2 Americans still lack actual knowledge about heart valve disease (HVD).

Heart valve disease is a severe and potentially deadly condition, often misattributed to aging due to its subtle symptoms.

What are heart valves?

Heart valves control blood flow in, through, and out of the heart. They operate like a system to efficiently direct the blood from the heart to the lungs and the body. In addition, they have a set of flaps that ensure the correct blood flow by opening and closing with every heartbeat. There are four valves in the heart:

  • The aortic valve
  • The mitral valve
  • The pulmonary valve
  • The tricuspid valve
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There are three types of valve diseases: regurgitation, atresia, and stenosis. These diseases may cause problems in any valve, depending on which one is affected and in what way.

Information is key

Understanding the importance of information in combating heart valve disease is essential. The complex nature of HVD and the various factors contributing to its development emphasizes the need for widespread awareness. The Alliance for Aging Research emphasizes that timely information, detection, and treatment can save lives, significantly improving the quality of life for most patients.

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Facts about heart disease

  • Around 45% of Americans lack information about heart disease.

  • Heart disease accounts for over one-fourth of all deaths in the United States.

  • Symptoms of heart disease are often wrongly perceived as a natural part of aging.

  • Heart disease stands as one of the most preventable causes of death in the country.

  • HVD is often called leaky heart valve because of the irregular blood flow associated with the disease.

How to observe National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day?

Observing National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day provides an excellent opportunity for individuals to educate themselves about potential risk factors and early symptoms of heart disease. Taking preventive measures enhances overall health and reduces the risk of heart disease.

We are dedicated to promoting awareness and encouraging our community to prioritize understanding their heart health. Do not hesitate to reach out with any concerns or questions regarding heart valve disease. We are committed to working alongside your healthcare provider to ensure you receive the best possible information and support.

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