This year’s Heart Valve Disease Awareness Week aims to build awareness of symptoms and improve diagnosis, treatment and management of heart valve disease globally.
Listen to your Heart
If you are over 65 and those small, everyday tasks feel more like a big ordeal, listen to your heart as it could mean you have heart valve disease. Ask your doctor for a stethoscope check at least once a year. Heart valve disease is common, serious, but treatable. Follow the campaign using #ListenToYourHeart #valveweek21
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Why creating awareness about Heart Valve Disease is so important
Heart valve disease has been described as ‘the next cardiac epidemic’. This Awareness Week is important, not only to raise awareness of the disease but also to make the population more aware of the symptoms so that they can seek the help they need at the right time. It is also important that clinicians provide their patients, especially those who are over the age of 65, with regular stethoscope exams as these are the key to detecting heart valve disease.
Watch the videos below to hear from people living with heart valve disease
What is Heart Valve Disease?
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.
Know the Symptoms of Heart Valve Disease
The awareness week is led by the Heart Valve Disease Patient Council of the Global Heart Hub which includes:
- AEPOVAC, Spain
- Alliance du Cœur, France
- Croí, the heart and stroke charity, Ireland
- Cuore Italia, Italy
- EcoSerce, Poland
- Heart Valve Voice, Canada
- Heart Valve Voice, Japan
- Heart Valve Voice, UK
- Heart Valve Voice, US
- hearts4heart, Australia
- Initiative Herzklappe, Germany
- Instituto Lado A Lado Pela Vida, Brazil
- The Israeli Heart Association
- Meine Herzklappe, Austria
- Mended Hearts, US
- PACO, Mexico