Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day Starts Now with New Interactive Patient Toolkit!
Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: February 22, 2022
Woo-hoo!!! Today is National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day!!!
This is a special day to raise awareness to this under-diagnosed, under-treated, and deadly form of heart disease!
Why Raise Awareness to Heart Valve Disease?
In medical circles, heart valve disease is often referred to as “insidious” and a “silent killer”. For me, those descriptors alone are a call-to-action for more awareness to this debilitating disease that can cause symptoms (shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain, palpitations, leg swelling), other cardiac conditions (atrial fibrillation, aneurysms), heart failure and death.
Consider these facts about heart valve disease:
- 30% of Americans over the age of 65 do not know what heart valve disease is.
- 10% of people ages 75 and older have moderate to severe heart valve disease.
- 25,000 people die each year from valvular disorders.
Any “Good News” About Heart Valve Disease?
There’s not just “good news” about valvular heart disease. Nope. There’s “great news” about heart valve disorders including aortic stenosis and mitral regurgitation.
As I personally know (considering that I had open-heart surgery due to severe aortic stenosis), the “great news” about heart valve disease is that it can be successfully treated in patients of all ages. Here are several patients from the HeartValveSurgery.com community that had a successful heart valve repair and/or a heart valve replacement operation.
New Interactive Toolkit for Patients!
Today, I am excited to share a very unique and interactive resource for patients struggling with aortic stenosis, a common and deadly type of heart valve disease in which the aortic valve is narrowed due to congenital (bicuspid aortic valve) and other causes (calcification).
The “My Aortic Stenosis Journey Toolkit” provides aortic stenosis patients a comprehensive guide to managing and treating aortic stenosis. The new toolkit is packed with important facts, tips, videos, checklists, downloads and more to help patients from diagnosis through recovery.
Our Community Is Ready To Help You!
If there is one thing I’ve experienced and learned about heart valve disease – after speaking with thousands of patients since starting HeartValveSurgery.com in 2006 – it is the prevalent patient feeling of “loneliness” associated with this disease. Since there is so little awareness to this disorder, valvular heart disease can isolate patients and the people who love them.
For this reason, I am here to tell you… You are not alone.
Let me repeat… You are not alone.
The reason I started this website was to educate, to empower and to connect patients. During the past 15 years, HeartValveSurgery.com has had over 10 million website visits. Our Facebook page has over 360,000 members all over the world. Yes, our community is here to support you!
Again, you are not alone! If you need help… My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to email me any questions. I’m here to support you or your loved one.
Happy Heart Valve Day!!!
Keep on tickin!