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On National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day, We Raised Awareness to 1 Million People!

Our patient community is downright amazing!

I can not thank you enough for celebrating National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day with me.   Thanks to your online efforts we raised heart valve disease awareness to over 1 million people.   This is so important because heart valve disease is under-diagnosed, mis-diagnosed and under-treated.  Consider that 40% of American adults have never even heard of heart valve disease.  Yikes!


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FDA Approves World’s Smallest Mechanical Heart Valve for Newborns & Infants!

Big News!  Great News!  Awesome News!

Yesterday, I learned that the FDA has approved the world’s smallest mechanical heart valve replacement from Abbott for pediatric patients.  This valve, known as the Masters HP 15mm mechanical heart valve, will enable doctors to treat newborns and infants needing mitral valve or aortic valve replacement.



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Today Is National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day!

Woo-Whoo!!  Double Woo-Whoo!!  Triple Woo-Whoo!!

Today is the 2nd annual National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day!!!  On this special day, 20+ organizations have joined together to raise awareness to heart valve disease…  A disease that is under-diagnosed and under-treated…  A disease that needs more awareness…  A disease that threatened my life!!!



So you know… We can’t do it alone.  We need your help.  That’s right!  Today, patients from all over the planet will unite to form an empowering force for good! We need your help to educate the world about the symptoms, the causes, the risks and the treatments of heart valve disease.

“How can I help?” you might be wondering.  (Yay! I was hoping you might be thinking that.  Scroll down for the answer.)


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Free Patient eBook: Advantages of Mitral Valve Repair

The response to our webinar, “Advantages of Mitral Valve Repair”, has been extraordinary. Hosted by Dr. Patrick McCarthy, Dr. James Thomas and myself, this 60-minute session connected patients from all over the world in real-time to discuss mitral valve disease and treatment options including mitral valve repair techniques.

If you missed the webinar, I just posted a free 52-page eBook. If you – or someone you love – has mitral valve disease, I really encourage you, your family and your friends to read this eBook or watch the webinar video below. There were many important points raised during this webinar that some patients are not properly educated about.


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Thursday Is National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day!

Mark your calendars!  This Thursday, February 22, 2018, is National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day!

“Why have a day dedicated to heart valve disease awareness?” you might be wondering.

Well… Consider that 5 million people in the United States alone have heart valve disease. However, 40% of American adults have never even heard of heart valve disease. Uggh! Double Uggh! Triple Uggh! Here’s a video about this special day!



For this reason, over 20 organizations have come together to raise awareness and fight heart valve disease. To learn about all the great online and offline events planned for this special day, here are several links to help you:

Hope you join us for this wonderful and important day!!!

Keep on tickin!

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