National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day

At least five million Americans have heart valve disease, but public awareness about the disease is shockingly low. A survey of more than 2,000 adults found that three out of four Americans knew little to nothing about heart valve disease.

The awareness day’s theme, “Listen to Your Heart,” encourages people to know their risk factors for heart valve disease, listen to their hearts and get them checked regularly, and know where to turn if they notice symptoms.

National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day offers a website with information about the condition at ValveDiseaseDay.org. It also includes extensive resources about HVD that can help people learn about the disease and take follow up steps.

National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day activities will be held across the nation on February 22.

This includes a Twitter chat Q & A focused on heart valve disease at 1 p.m. EST; it can be followed using hashtag #ValveDiseaseDay. For news and updates on the day, follow the Twitter handle @ValveDiseaseDay.