Heart valve disease (HVD) involves damage to one or more of the heart’s valves and, while some types are not serious, others can lead to major complications—including death. These problems increase with age, as one in eight people age 75 and older are estimated to have moderate to severe HVD. Unfortunately, awareness of heart valve disease is alarmingly low.
The potential seriousness of the condition and the current lack of awareness are the reasons why the Alliance partnered with 29 other national organizations to have National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day listed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on its National Health Observances Calendar.
To learn more about the awareness day, visit www.ValveDiseaseDay.org.