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 14, 2017
A recent survey of more than 8,860 adults across Europe found that aortic stenosis is the heart condition people over 60 years old are least familiar with. Although awareness increases with age, 30 percent of respondents over the age of 65 say they know nothing about heart valve disease. Often heart valve disease patients are… Read more »
August 10, 2017
Heart valve disease is common but only a few people are aware of it. This is why an awareness day is needed to ensure that more people know about the disease, its symptoms, treatment and management of heart valve disease in Europe. The European Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day is an initiative of the following… Read more »