16-26 September 2019
While there have been many advancements in the treatment of heart valve disease the unfortunate fact is that far too many people are not being diagnosed and treated early enough. The aim of the European Heart Valve Disease Awareness Week is to ensure that more people are aware of the importance of having their heart checked for heart valve disease, which can often be detected through a simple stethoscope check. With increased awareness we hope to see many more heart valve disease patients get the treatment they need and to go on living full and happy lives.
Heart valve disease is caused by either wear, disease or damage of one or more of the heart’s valves, affecting the flow of blood through the heart. This can cause symptoms such as breathlessness, chest pain, dizziness and fainting. However, if it is diagnosed and treated early, patients can return to a good quality of life.
One out of eight people over the age of 75 suffers from moderate to severe heart valve disease. Due to the increase of ageing populations across Europe the number of people affected by heart valve disease will keep growing. Studies show that people with serious aortic stenosis, the most common type of heart valve disease in the elderly, have only a 50% chance of surviving for two years with the disease if they are not being treated.
June 2, 2019
The Alliance, made up of patient organisations from France, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands, Ireland and the UK, chose the third week of September as the date for the European Heart Valve Disease Awareness Week with events taking place at each of the represented Alliance countries. “It has been a pleasure hosting the meeting for the… Read more »
June 2, 2019
The members of the Alliance made up of patient organisations from France, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands, Ireland and the UK will now join forces with the Global Heart Hub Patient Council for Heart Disease and will be chaired by Wil Woan, Chief Executive of Heart Valve Voice. The Global Heart Hub is an alliance of… Read more »