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.

Hear from clinicians and a patient on the importance of shared decision-making for people living with heart valve disease.

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This guide seeks to empower people with heart valve disease to express their goals and treatment preferences to their care team.

The guide was commissioned by the Global Heart Hub, the first global non-profit alliance of heart patient organisations established to provide a voice for those living with or affected by cardiovascular disease. It was written by The Health Policy Partnership, with input from the Project Advisory Board. 

For more information, please contact:

Project Leads

Global Heart Hub Heart Valve Disease Patient Council

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