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  • Twitter Chat on Valve Disease Awareness Day

    The UNC Heart Valve Team will participate in an event for Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day. Valve Disease Day and WebMD will co-host this year’s Twitter chat on the impact of the pandemic on valve disease diagnosis and treatment. Join us on Tuesday, February 22 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET. In advance of, and at the … Read more

  • ACC Congrats in US News & World Report

    UNC Medical Center has been recognized by the American College of Cardiology (ACC)

    UNC Health at the UNC Medical Center has been recognized by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) in the “Best Hospitals” issue of U.S. News & World Report for our dedication to our heart patients. Patients and caregivers can trust hospitals and health systems that participate in the NCDR, receive ACC’s Accreditation seal of approval … Read more

  • UNC Health Ranked #2 Most Trusted Healthcare Brand in the United States

    The UNC Health brand was ranked as the #4 healthcare brand in the United States overall and the #2 most trusted healthcare brand, in a report titled, Humanzing Brand Experience. This product was a partnership between the American Hospital Associated and the Society for Health Care Strategy & Market Development, who worked with the brand agency, … Read more

  • TAVR Certification

    UNC Medical Center is First NC Hospital to receive Transcatheter Valve Certification from ACC

    We’re pleased to announce that UNC Health at the UNC Medical Center received Transcatheter Valve v1 Certification from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) on March 5th, 2021. This means UNC Health Medical Center used the ACC’s accreditation process improvement tools to bridge gaps and integrate evidence-based science, quality initiatives, clinical best-practices, and the latest … Read more


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Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day – Feb. 22nd

As many as 11.6 million Americans are estimated to have heart valve disease, and each year around 25,000 people die from the disease.

Fortunately, valve disease can usually be successfully treated in patients of all ages.

But successful treatment depends on understanding risk factors, recognizing symptoms, and getting timely treatment. Unfortunately, three out of four Americans report knowing little to nothing about the disease.

TAVR Patient Story

When 88-year-old Tony Sciturro had a hard time walking from his house to his garden, he knew something was wrong. As an older patient with severe aortic valve stenosis, he was an excellent candidate for TAVR, a non-invasive procedure performed at UNC Medical Center.

 I could breathe easier . . . I worked in the garden and fed the cows. I am able to do everything I want to do "