Heart Valve Disease Facts
Sunday, February 18, 2018
■ At least five million Americans have heart valve disease.
■ HVD involves damage to one or more of the heart’s valves which disrupts blood flow by not opening or closing properly.
■ HVD becomes more common with age — one in eight people ages 75 or older are estimated to have moderate to severe heart valve disease.
■ While some types of HVD are not serious, others can lead to major complications, including death.
■ After the onset of symptoms, patients with severe aortic stenosis, one of the most common types of HVD, have a survival rate as low as 50 percent at two years and 20 percent at five years—without valve repair or replacement.
■ Each year, an estimated 25,000 people in the U.S. die from HVD.
■ HVD can usually be successfully treated with valve repair or replacement in patients of all ages.
■ People with HVD do not always have symptoms, and those who do may be told or believe that they are a normal part of aging. This makes detection of HVD critical.
■ Unfortunately, awareness about HVD is low. A recent survey found that close to 40 percent of adults have never heard of HVD.
■ For more information, go to http://www.valvediseaseday.org/
Source: The Alliance for Aging Research.