Baton Rouge Cardiology Center Joins Thousands of Advocates to Raise Awareness of Heart Valve Disease on February 22nd

February 22nd is Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day

BATON ROUGE, LA (February 14, 2022) – On February 22, Baton Rouge Cardiology Center will celebrate Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day, bringing attention to a disease that impacts as many as 11 million Americans. Baton Rouge Cardiology Center will educate patients and the community about heart valve disease and reinforce the importance of early detection and treatment.

Heart valve disease involves damage to one or more of the heart’s four valves. While some types are not serious, others can lead to major complications, including death. Each year, more than 25,000 people in the U.S. die from heart valve disease. Fortunately, heart valve disease can usually be successfully treated with valve repair and replacement in patients of all ages.

Valve Disease Day, an awareness day officially acknowledge by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was established in 2017 by the Alliance for Aging Research to spotlight the importance of detecting and treating heart valve disease. Baton Rouge Cardiology Center joins a campaign of more than 100 non-profits, advocacy organizations, professional societies, foundations, and hospitals and heart centers–along with 1,000s of individual advocates–who are working to increase recognition of heart valve disease and reinforce the importance of early detection and treatment. Extensive outreach and numerous events will take place across the country and worldwide.

Despite the millions of Americans affected by heart valve disease, a survey found that three in four adults know little to nothing about heart valve disease. Although age is the greatest risk factor for heart valve disease, 30 percent of survey respondents over age 65 say they know nothing about the disease.

“Awareness of heart valve disease is low, and because there are sometimes no symptoms, or symptoms are dismissed as a normal part of aging, it often goes undetected. That’s why Baton Rouge Cardiology Center is proud to join the Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day campaign to encourage people to listen to their hearts and get the care they need,” said Venkat R. Surakanti, M.D., FACC, cardiologist at Baton Rouge Cardiology Center. “We want our community members to tune-into the campaign at to learn about the importance of listening to their hearts and to help spread the word about the risk factors and symptoms of heart valve disease.”

Follow updates from the campaign by visiting and following at @BRCardiology on social media. You can also learn about all of the campaign activities by following the hashtag #ValveDiseaseDay. Learn more about heart valve disease at


About Baton Rouge Cardiology Center

Baton Rouge Cardiology Center is an independent multispecialty medical center dedicated to the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Founded in 1978, Baton Rouge Cardiology Center is equipped with the most modern technology for the evaluation and complete treatment of heart and vascular diseases. Our team of 24 physicians and advanced practice providers specialize in clinical and interventional cardiology, including complex coronary and peripheral interventions, electrophysiology, and venous diseases. Baton Rouge Cardiology Center includes two main offices in Baton Rouge, five imaging and testing centers, 16 satellite clinics locations in Louisiana and Mississippi, and affiliations with 14 hospitals. For more information, visit, find us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @BRCardiology.

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