Abrazo Arrowhead Campus in Glendale will host a free cardiovascular screening event on Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day this month.
The event goes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 in the hospital lobby, at 18701 N 67th Ave.
Heart valve disease is when one of the valves is not working correctly. It's a disorder that affects as many as 11 million Americans and claims the lives of 25,000 each year. The disorder is recognized Feb. 22 during American Heart Month to raise awareness about heart valve disorders.
Symptoms of heart valve disease include shortness of breath with activity, fatigue, swelling in the legs and/or feet, dizziness, or chest pain, and a heart murmur is typically heard.
The cardiovascular screening event will include listening to heart sounds, checking blood pressure and heart rate, checking oxygen level, reviewing medical and family history, a consultation with a health care provider to review risk factors, and education on heart valve disease and treatment options.
Treatment options for heart valve disease depend on understanding risk factors, recognizing symptoms and getting timely treatment.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 2.5% of the U.S. population has valvular heart disease, but it is more common in older adults. About 13% of people born before 1943 have valvular heart disease.