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In September 2019 Heart Valve Voice will participate in the second European Heart Valve Disease Awareness Week!

The week begins on the 16th September and we’ll be involving patients, clinicians, carers and policy makers in activities that aim to raise awareness of heart valve disease.

By raising awareness of the disease we can highlight the need for timely detection and intervention. In the UK, education and stethoscope checks for elderly are vital in diagnosing heart valve disease early so we can offer more timely and effective treatment so this year our theme will be recognising symptoms and early detection and referral.

The awareness week on a European level will once again be based around the Five A’s of Heart Valve Disease Awareness. The A’s refer to: being Aware of the symptoms and seriousness of heart valve disease, Ask for a stethoscope check, Act in case of suspicion, Adapt care pathways, and provide Access to treatment. The organisation involved in the Awareness Week include United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Austria and The Netherlands.

Throughout July we’ll be releasing information about our activities and how to get involved so look out for updates. Follow #HeartValveWeek19 on social media too!

awarenessweek@heartvalvevoice.com

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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.