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Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: February 13th, 2017

Heart valve disease (HVD) involves damage to one or more of the heart’s valves, which can reduce blood flow and lead to serious complications – including death.

HVD affects approximately five million Americans and results in 22,000 deaths each year, but many Americans still know very little about the disease. HVD’s symptoms are usually hard to detect or are dismissed as a normal part of aging, which makes the lack of awareness surrounding the disease dangerous.

The Alliance is proud to sponsor the first-ever National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day on February 22, with annual observances to follow. We are committed to increasing knowledge of the risks and symptoms of HVD, improving detection and treatment, and saving lives through our efforts to educate the public.

To celebrate the first National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day, we are hosting an educational lunch briefing on February 22 at 12 p.m. The briefing will feature experts who will discuss the latest in heart valve disease research, as well as inspiring stories from two American Heart Association Heart Valve Ambassadors.

In addition to the briefing, we will host a Twitter chat on the same day at 4 p.m. to discuss the importance of heart valve disease awareness, the impact of the disease, and how everyone can get involved in the heart valve disease conversation.

Check out this video to learn more about heart valve disease and why awareness is so important:

A Tribute to a Great Scientist

Author: Dan Perry

Date: March 11th, 2008

FDA Needs More Funding to Fulfill Its Mission

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: March 18th, 2008

Spending or Investing? -- The Silver Book & Innovation

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: March 26th, 2008

A Q & A with Prof. Pieter Kappetein from Medtronic

Author: Alliance Staff

Date: February 20th, 2018

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: What Does It Mean for Older Adults?

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 19th, 2018

HROTW: Learn about Age-Related Macular Degeneration in 60 Seconds

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: December 20th, 2017

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