We want to reduce the occurence of healthcare disparities related to structural heart disease. To do that, we are working with our community partners to host screening events to determine prevalence and reduce the rate of under-diagnosis and under-treatment.
Community members will receive an introduction to the screening process and general information regarding heart disease. The introduction will be followed by lectures on four different types of heart disease as the community members are being screened by health professionals using the Eko DUO ECG + Digital Stethoscope.
Aortic Stenosis (AS) is the narrowing of the aortic valve in the heart which prevents regular blood flow. Treatment options include TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement) which is a minimally invasive procedure where a new valve is put within the old valve. The new valve takes over the job of the original valve.
Atrial Fibrillation (AF or AFib) is an irregular heartbeat that can lead to and increase your risk of stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. Treatment options include catheter ablation and the Watchman device which are both minimally invasive procedures.
Mitral Regurgitation is when your heart's mitral valve allows blood to flow backward into your heart. If this is significant, blood cannot flow to the rest of your body properly, causing symptoms that include difficulty doing activities or feeling out of breath. Treatment options include mitral valve repair or replacement and transcatheter MitraClip.
Congestive Heart Failure occurs when your heart does not pump blood as well as it should. This can cause symptoms including shortness of breath or fatigue. Lifestyle changes including diet changes and regular exercise can improve symptoms and life expectancy.
Community members will undergo a 20-minute screening. At the end of your screening, you will be provided with recommendations. A Heart Sense team member will follow up after the screening event.