Health Disparities Take Centerstage During Fifth Annual Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- On February 22, the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) joined more than 90 national organizations and thousands of patient advocates in recognizing the fifth annual Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day (“Valve Disease Day“). Valve Disease Day offers an opportunity for the ABC to highlight risk factors, diagnosis, treatment and access to treatment as well as the disproportionate impact heart valve disease (HVD) has on communities of color in this country.

Millions of Americans have heart valve disease and every year, an estimated 25,000 people in the U.S. die from the disease. HVD occurs when one or more of the heart's four valves fails to work properly, either allowing leakage or preventing enough blood to pass through.

Age is the greatest risk factor for HVD – one out of every 10 people age 75 or older have it. Other risk factors include diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and heart failure and are much higher in Blacks than in Whites. Blacks also ...

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