The Alliance for Aging Research announces the launch of a new comprehensive campaign aimed at educating about valve disease in women, a condition
While the condition occurs in both genders, women often tend to have a worse prognosis than men. Research has also shown that females who experience symptoms of valve disease are often misdiagnosed and do not get appropriate treatment as quickly.
"Our campaign was inspired by the need to get more information out there about the dangers of undiagnosed valve disease in women," says Lindsay Clarke, vice president of health programs for the Alliance. "We want to educate on both the symptoms of valve disease and emphasize the importance of seeking treatment as soon as those symptoms occur. With early detection and proper treatment, we can help women avoid the potentially devastating effects of valve disease."
At the center of the Alliance's campaign is a new valve disease workshop kit that is available to community partners and organizations. It provides all of the resources necessary for community leaders to conduct workshops at hospitals, senior centers, churches, and other locations. The kit includes a leader's guide, a consumer brochure, quizzes, and a slide presentation. The materials can be downloaded for free from the Alliance's valve disease webpage.
In addition to the kit, the page also has the following resources:
>>Patient fact sheets that give the basics of valve disease and tips on how to talk to a healthcare professional.
>>Podcasts that feature interviews with a valve surgery patient, a cardiologist, and a cardiac surgeon.
>>An online educational quiz that tests knowledge of the condition.
Source: Alliance for Aging Research, agingresearch.org