The initiative to create the first European Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day follows the example of the US, where the first awareness day was introduced on the 22 February 2017 by the Alliance for Ageing Research. Following the success of the 2018 European Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day, the European Heart Valve Disease Alliance will be introducing the very first European Heart Valve Disease Awareness Week for 2019.

The European Heart Valve Disease Awareness Week will be held during the third week of September 2019 and aims to increase awareness and improve diagnosis, treatment and management of heart valve disease in Europe.

The project is supported by The European Heart Valve Disease Alliance a group of patient organisations from across Europe including: