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Heart Valve Disease Facts

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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.

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