Heart valve disease kills 25,000 people every year—and is still highly unrecognized by the public. In fact, in a 2016 survey, the Alliance for Aging Research found that 40 percent of respondents knew nothing about it. For some patients, the onset of the disease produces no or minor symptoms and is caught at a patient’s regular physical. Left untreated, heart valve disease can slowly worsen and cause heart failure, stroke, blood clots, or death due to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).
Friday is the fifteenth anniversary of National Wear Red Day, first observed in 2003 to raise awareness that heart disease as the top killer of women and to raise awareness of heart health. “Dressing the part” at your pharmacy tomorrow is a great way to initiate conversations about heart health—including with those patients who may not be aware of a particular kind of heart attack that strikes the young, fit, and seemingly healthy