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New Year message from our CEO

Happy new year to you all.

I hope you celebrated the start of 2018 in good spirits with family and friends. Now that 2018 has arrived, it’s good to look ahead and think about what this year may bring, but first let’s look back at what we achieved last year.

2017 was quite a year for all of us at Heart Valve Voice. We’ve made huge leaps forward in raising awareness of valve disease and tackling the inequalities of diagnosis and treatment across the UK. We attended conferences, policy meetings, hospital events and developed our Patient Action Group, we continue to make new friends within healthcare, parliament and NHS England and be inspired by new Patient Ambassadors.

It may go without saying, we couldn’t have achieved the success we’ve had without our amazing team of dedicated and courageous clinicians, patients, staff and Trustees who go above and beyond to ensure we represent all valve disease patients across the UK.

In 2018 I’m looking forward to our cycle ride to Euro PCR, in Paris and the European Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day in September, introducing a newsletter and magazine for patients and working with policy makers on improved guidelines. The National Photography Competition will be a wonderful opportunity to raise the profile of the disease and I can’t wait to see the project develop. The year ahead for our Patient Action Group will also be an exciting one as we develop new patient resources and hold a Patient Congress.

I am so proud of what we have achieved although I recognise there’s much more needed to be done, and the team at Heart Valve Voice are determined that we continue to influence policy makers in order to treat more patients so they can go on and live active, independent and fulfilled lives.

Finally, thank you to all our sponsors and partner organisations and I look forward to developing our relationships and collaborations in 2018.

Please enjoy a video summary of 2018 which you can see here.

The more we listen, the more lives we save

Wil Woan

CEO of Heart Valve Voice

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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.