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 Day 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.
September 4, 2018
Heart valve disease, a condition where the heart valves no longer work properly, affects over 10 million people over 65 years of age throughout Europe. The main types of heart valve disease are valve regurgitation and valve stenosis. Regurgitation occurs when the valve fails to close properly, and blood flows the wrong way. This condition… Read more »
August 20, 2018
Doctor has to learn to listen again The heart is the motor of our body, however doctors hardly listen with a stethoscope when symptoms like breathlessness occur. Today a heartvalve game is introduced to enable doctors to train their basic skills with the stethoscope. “We should listen more often with the stethoscope to hearts, since… Read more »