MEDIA ADVISORY: Mayo physician seeks to help young adults with congenital heart failure before it’s too late
February is American Heart Month, and a largely unaddressed condition affecting thousands of young people is at the center of a Mayo Clinic cardiologist’s practice. Dr. Luke Burchill is the link between what young adults with congenital heart disease need to survive and thrive.
Did you know a whopping 40,000 babies each year are born with congenital heart disease in the U.S.? But many of those same babies survive, only to unnecessarily risk premature death in young adulthood?
Once these children get to adulthood, the medical community may fail to recognize this chronic, life-threatening disease, leading to a higher risk of premature death.
What should these survivors know before their disease takes a turn for the worse?
Dr. Burchill is available this month to talk about:
The need for “radical listening” in health care and the importance of respecting patients as experts in their own lives.
Why so many young adults with congenital heart disease don’t know they are suffering from heart failure.
A new care system at the Mayo Clinic: Adult Congenital Heart Failure Care Pathway.
What can be done to educate people about heart failure and their treatment options.