Giving a voice to those with heart valve disease
Although over a million people in the UK today have heart valve disease, it remains an overlooked condition. Despite the priority being given to cardiovascular disease in the UK, it is not included in England’s 2013 Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes Strategy.
Those affected by the condition – where heart valves no longer work properly – often put their symptoms down to age, not realising that tiredness, breathlessness and dizziness can all be indicators of heart valve disease. However, of those with severe aortic stenosis – one type of the disease – half of those left untreated will die within two years of developing symptoms.
Read this White Paper to find out more about the disease, what needs to be done to raise awareness, and the successful valve replacement and repair treatments that can be provided if people are diagnosed early enough.
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