Heart Valve Disease Awareness Week 14 – 20 September, 2020
A recent survey of more than 12,820 people who are 60 years and older across Europe found that aortic stenosis is one of the heart conditions people are least familiar with.
Only 3,8% of respondents knew what aortic stenosis is – the most common form of heart valve disease. Although awareness increases with age, 30 percent of respondents over the age of 65 said they did not know anything about heart valve disease.
Why creating awareness about Heart Valve Disease is so important?
Often heart valve disease patients are diagnosed only when they see a healthcare professional for a regular check-up or for some other issue. The seriousness of heart valve disease, combined with the fact that the symptoms are often difficult to detect or dismissed as a normal part of ageing, can often result in troublesome or dangerous consequences.
Heart Valve Disease 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.
Please mark the third week of September in your calendar and get involved in spreading the word about heart valve disease.
Awareness Week regional partners
For more information about heart valve disease visit the website of the patient organisation in your country:
- Austria – Meine Herzklappe
- Brazil – Instituto Lado A Lado
- Canada – Heart Valve Voice Canada
- Ireland – Croí
- Italy – Cuore Italia
- France – Alliance du Coeur
- Germany – Initiative Herzklappe
- Netherlands – Hart Volgers
- Spain – AEPOVAC
- UK – Heart Valve Voice
- USA – Heart Valve Voice US
- Japan – Heart Valve Voice Japan