Shared decision-making for people with heart valve disease:
A patient guide
This guide aims to support people with heart valve disease in participating in decision-making about their care.
People who are diagnosed with heart valve disease are often confronted with a wide range of treatment options. The most recent ESC/EACTS Guidelines for the management of valvular heart disease, published in 2021, state that ‘the patient and their family should be thoroughly informed and assisted in their decision on the best treatment option’.
Shared decision-making goes beyond educating a person about their illness. It involves doctors and patients working together to choose the most suitable treatment, based on the patient’s preferences and goals as well as clinical evidence and the doctor’s expertise.