8 September 2018
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.
August 15, 2018
The plans from each representative country, Spain, France, The Netherlands, The UK, Ireland and Italy were presented and showed that each country has put in a lot of effort to plan some wonderful activities including a flash mob run in Milan, a media tour in Paris and a Gymkhana event in Spain. The group also… Read more »
August 9, 2018
Heart Valve Voice UK will be hosting a patient focussed summit around the theme of The Power of Positive Ageing in honour of the first ever European Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day on 8 September in London. The event will be chaired by Heart Valve Voice Chairman and Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon from Guy’s and St… Read more »