Today’s the day to

Reach for the Heart

Millions of people with heart valve disease go undiagnosed. You can help change that.

Help your patients understand the symptoms and risk factors

Up to 50% of people with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis may die within 2 years after symptoms begin if left untreated.

Most of your older patients are probably familiar with heart disease, but many have never even heard of heart valve disease (HVD). Because of this, they may confuse their symptoms as just a part of getting older.

In fact, as many as 1 in 2 people over 65 don’t even know they have HVD and 3 in 5 HVD patients didn’t have or recognize their symptoms and were only diagnosed after a regular check-up or unrelated doctor visit.

If your patients know how to LISTEN to their heart, they may recognize the subtle symptoms sooner

Lightheaded, faint, or dizzy feelings

Irregular heartbeat, heart flutter, or chest pains

Shortness of breath after light activity or while lying down

Tiredness, even if they’ve had plenty of sleep

Edema (swelling of the ankles and feet)

Not feeling like themselves (missing out on daily activities)

It’s also important to let your patients know what can put them at risk, like history of heart diseases and conditions, chronic kidney disease, and older age.

Educate patients on the diagnostic process


Although you will probably conduct multiple tests with your patients, it’s important they understand that an echocardiogram is the standard diagnostic test and one of the most accurate ways to see if they have heart valve disease.

To help calm any fears they may have, let them know an echocardiogram is:

  • A simple heart ultrasound
  • Pain-free
  • Accurate
  • Over in as little as 20 minutes

Resources for your patients

We created these guides to help your patients talk about their heart valve disease symptoms and more with you in person or remotely.

Schedule routine echocardiograms

Let your diagnosed patients know that their heart valve disease can get worse over time, so it’s important they have routine echocardiograms and follow-up appointments, especially if they’re asymptomatic.

Severity: Mild

Every 3 to 5 years

Severity: Moderate

Every 1 to 2 years

Severity: Severe

Every 6 to 12 months*

*Every 1-2 years if you have mitral stenosis