1st Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day Starts Now!!!
Did you know that only 60% of people have heard of heart valve disease?
At the same time… Over 12% of the population, aged 75 years or older, have heart valve diseases including aortic stenosis and mitral regurgitation. YIKES!!!
It is for this and SOOOOOOOOOO many other reasons that I am excited to share that today, February 22, 2017, is the first-ever National Heart Valve Awareness Day!!! Watch this video to learn more!!!
According to the Alliance for Aging Research, the organizer of this wonderful initiative, “The goal of the National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day is to increase recognition of the specific risks and symptoms of heart valve disease, improve detection and treatment, and ultimately save lives. While heart valve disease can be can be disabling and deadly, available treatments can save lives, making education and awareness particularly important.”
To learn more, here’s an awesome 60-second video with more details about today. You can also get more info at ValveDiseaseDay.org.
There are several ways that you can participate in the day!
- Join the Twitter Chat at 4pm EST. Simply click #ValveDiseaseDay to get into the conversation. The Twitter handle of @ValveDiseaseDay will be used for the chat.
- Come on over to the HVS Facebook page where I’ll be hanging out and posting throughout the day.
Many thanks to all the participants who have come together on this special day to raise awareness to a disease that is often referred to as a “Silent Killer”.
Together, let’s unite, educate and expand the heart valve community!!!
Keep on tickin!
Adam Pick is a patient, author of The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery and the founder of HeartValveSurgery.com.