Rock from the Heart (RFTH) is an incorporated organization formed after the founder, Pete Johnson, survived aortic aneurysm and aortic valve replacement surgery. The purpose of the organization is to support heart disease education and awareness programs with a primary focus on aortic health. Aortic disease is often known as a “silent killer” and most thoracic aortic aneurysms are discovered incidentally when the patient is being treated for another condition. Others are only discovered after the aorta dissects and/or the aortic valve deteriorates. Aortic valve disease, aortic aneurysms and aortic dissections are potentially life-threatening conditions if not diagnosed in time. Frequently, these conditions are wrongly described as “undetectable” – but in many cases they are detectable. Risk factors can be managed. And with greater awareness and education of doctors, emergency medical technicians, emergency room workers, and patients, lives can be saved.
Rock from the Heart hosts a two-day event in February to connect patients, caregivers, survivors, medical professionals, researchers, and others affected by aortic disease. The program includes a patient education symposium and recognition dinner, followed by a VIP reception and concert. To learn more visit www.rockfromtheheart.org.