Trivia Time: How Many People Are Diagnosed With Heart Valve Disease Annually?
Okay. It’s time for some good ole’ heart valve trivia.
The question is, “How many people are diagnosed with heart valve disease each year in the United States?”
a. 300,000 people
b. 500,000 people
c. 3,000,000 people
d. 5,000,000 people
e. 30,000,000 people
To see the answer, scroll below the picture of the diseased mitral valve leaflets:
According to a recent, population-based study, published in The Lancet Online, about 5 million Americans learn they have heart valve disease each year.
That is a lot of people, right?
For those of you who were recently diagnosed with a valvular disorder (e.g. aortic stenosis and mitral valve regurgitation), this is one more piece of information intended to comfort you… You are not alone. Trust me, you are not alone.
Myself and the patients and caregivers who visit this site are here to help! 🙂
Keep on tickin!
Adam Pick is a patient, author of The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery and the founder of HeartValveSurgery.com.