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Thursday 7th April 2016

Tracy’s dad Steve Langton (see 6th April blog) had surgery for heart valve disease recently. Here, she writes about how the disease has affected her family and the support they all received from the Heart Valve Voice Facebook page.

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Wednesday 6th April 2016

Brighton-based Steve Langton had surgery for aortic regurgitation (sometimes called a leaky valve as the valve fails to close properly) in February 2016. Since then he has been recovering well at home, where he has returned to light exercise. Here, writing before his procedure, he describes his diagnosis and treatment so far and the support he received from the Heart Valve Voice Facebook community.

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Wednesday 6th April 2016

Chrissie lives in Winchester. When she’s not busy working as a nurse at Southampton General, she’s spending time with her kids or out on the water as a trainee sailor! Here, she shares her experience working as a cardiac nurse, and talks about the advice she would give to patients and their families.

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Saturday 26th March 2016

As Cecilia from Clitheroe approached her 70s, she was still enjoying long walks with family and friends. After a series of chest infections and medical tests, she was eventually diagnosed with heart valve disease. Her story is a poignant reminder for why it is important to get your heart checked sooner rather than later.

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Saturday 26th March 2016

Although Lydia Monk will never know it, her experience of heart valve disease proved to be the inspiration for the birth of Heart Valve Voice and its campaign to transform treatment for patients across the UK.

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Saturday 27th February 2016

Margaret Willcock was prescribed antibiotics for a chest infection, before it was finally realised that she had heart valve disease. In this blog she advises patients to ask their GP to check their heart with a stethoscope and to not to be worried about treatment. “It’s well worth it,” she says from experience.

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Wednesday 23rd December 2015

In the final entry of the trio, we here how Kevin managed during his recovery and post-treatment pathway. After 18 years of living with mitral valve disease, how was life with a valve replacement?

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Wednesday 16th December 2015

After living with mitral valve disease for 18 years, Kevin was treated at the Lancashire Cardiac Centre. This is the second of three posts about Kevin’s experience. In this entry, he writes in detail about his experience of the preparation process before surgery.

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