Heart valve disease is a common, serious, but treatable condition which is particularly associated with ageing. It is the name given to any malfunction or abnormality of one or more of the heart’s four valves, affecting the flow of blood through the heart.
An estimated 1 in 8 people over 75 suffers from moderate to severe heart valve disease. Due to the ageing population, this number is expected to double by 2040 and triple by 2060.
Heart Valve Disease: Heart valve disease is common, serious, but treatable.
Awareness Week 2022 #ListenToYourHeart
Symptoms like breathlessness, fatigue and dizziness could be signs of heart valve disease, and sometimes go undetected. Having a regular stethoscope check could be the first step in the detection of heart valve disease.
Our Mission: Healthy and Active Aging
The Heart Valve Disease Patient Council was formed in April 2019 and brings together patient organisations to increase awareness of heart valve disease (HVD) across the world.
The Patient Council advocates for improving equality and access to treatment across the globe. In addition, it aims to address the issues of late diagnosis and under treatment of heart valve disease. Furthermore, the Council aims to raise awareness and improve understanding of the disease, with a view to reducing the barriers to positive ageing.
The Patient Council is united in the view that heart valve disease is poorly understood and not well known by the general public. There is global consensus that:
Heart Valve Disease Patient Council Priorities:
Achievements to date:
Currently, members of the Heart Valve Disease Patient Council include:
Ellen Ross from Heart Valve Voice, Canada
Chair, Heart Valve Disease Patient Council
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