Raising Awareness About Heart Valve Disease!

February 26, 2020

Did you know?

  • As many as 11 million people in the U.S. are estimated to have heart valve disease; half are age 65 or older
  • 25,000 Americans die from heart valve disease each year
  • For those with severe heart valve disease who don’t seek treatment, the prognosis is one to two years; the survival rate is worse than most cancers
  • Less than one-third of people with the disease are treated
  • BUT … life-saving minimally invasive technologies exist to provide a cure and allow patients to avoid open-heart surgery!

On Feb. 20,  195 people attended our educational event, The Mechanics of a Healthy Heart, at Minnesota Valley Country Club to learn more about heart valve disease and the latest treatments from our renowned physician researcher partners at Minneapolis Heart Institute®.

Drs. Paul Sorajja, João Cavalcante, Mario Gössl, Santiago Garcia and Robert Steffen shared information about heart valve disease prevalence, symptoms, different types of valve disease, and the innovative life-saving treatments that exist today. They all stressed the bottom line: Don’t ignore your symptoms – get help early! Talk to your primary care provider if you have any of the symptoms shown on this page.

At the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation®, we are committed to education and research that can improve and save lives for the millions of people throughout the world with all types of heart and vascular disease. Our world-class Valve Science Center leads the industry in research on minimally invasive, non-surgical valve repair and replacement, giving patients more and less-risky treatment options than were available than in the past.

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