February 22, 2018
On Thursday, February 22, 2018, EMERGENCY USA will join other organizations, advocates, and individuals to celebrate National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day to increase awareness of the risks of heart valve disease (HVD) and to improve detection and access to life-saving treatment.
Our Salam Center for Cardiac Surgery in Khartoum, Sudan offers high quality, free treatment to patients with congenital and acquired surgical diseases. The documentary, “Open Heart”, is the story of eight Rwandan children who leave their families behind and embark on a life or death journey to receive high-risk open-heart surgery at our center. It was nominated for an Academy Awards in the “Documentary Short” category in 2013.
The center has treated patients from over 28 countries. International staff oversee the training of local medical staff in order to ensure the maintenance of the highest standards of care and professionalism.
Millions of people suffer from heart valve disease
around the world.
At least five million Americans have heart valve disease, however, public awareness about the disease is shockingly low. A survey of more than 2,000 adults found that three out of four Americans knew little to nothing about heart valve disease.
Today, in observance of National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day, we are spreading the word to educate people on the risk factors for valve disease, the signs and symptoms they should learn, and the importance of early detection and treatment in reducing HVD related deaths.
The awareness day’s theme is “Listen to Your Heart.” EMERGENCY USA encourages people to know their risk factors, listen to their hearts, get checked regularly and know where to turn if they notice symptoms. For more information please visit http://www.valvediseaseday.org