Heart-Valve-Surgery.com to Host Live Webinar for Heart Valve Patients About Treatment During COVID-19 Pandemic
Live online event to raise heart valve disease awareness and patient education
TORRANCE, Calif., Aug. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Heart-Valve-Surgery.com, a leading patient advocacy group, today announced it will host a live webinar to educate patients about potential risks and treatment opportunities specific to heart valve disease during the COVID-19 pandemic. The free event will be held on Thursday, August 27, at 6 pm EDT, and feature physicians including Dr. Joanna Chikwe, Chair of the Department of Cardiac Surgery in the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai, and Dr. Jaime Burkle, Clinical Manager of the Piedmont Heart Perimeter Office. Click here to register now.
The webinar comes at a time when heart valve disease impacts more than five million Americans. Despite the prevalence and the severity of this fatal type of heart disease, the American Heart Association warns that the COVID-19 pandemic has put health care on hold for many people, leading to heart health emergencies. According to a new study in The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, isolated and concomitant heart valve procedures have decreased up to 8 percent during COVID-19 across a broad cardiac surgery case distribution in high burden areas.
"With 23 million infections and more than 800,000 deaths attributed to COVID-19 globally, the novel coronavirus has revealed unimaginable blindspots for patients with pre-existing conditions like heart valve disease," said Adam Pick, patient advocate and founder of Heart-Valve-Surgery.com. "Now more than ever, patients need to be educated about appropriate strategies to manage dangerous valvular conditions while taking a decisive role in their treatment decision-making process. This is a difficult and trying time for patients, and we hope this webinar will empower patients throughout the COVID-19 pandemic."
The 60-minute webinar will feature prepared remarks by Dr. Chikwe and Dr. Burkle and a live "Q&A" session during which attendees can ask their questions in real time.
Over 350 people have already registered for the webinar.
The webinar is sponsored by Medtronic and Abbott.
About Adam Pick and Heart-Valve-Surgery.com
Adam Pick is a heart valve patient and author of The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery. In 2006, Adam founded Heart-Valve-Surgery.com to educate and empower patients from diagnosis through recovery. This award-winning website, which is sponsored by over 40 cardiac centers, has helped more than 10 million people fight heart valve disease. Adam has been featured by the American Heart Association and is currently followed by over 325,000 people across social media.
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