In 2021 Heart Valve Voice have pledged to start 100,000 conversations about the signs and symptoms of heart valve disease.
Heart valve disease is a common, serious, but treatable condition that affects 1.5 million over 65s in the UK. Despite its prevalence, if it is diagnosed and treated early, people can return to a good quality of life and enjoy the Power of Positive Ageing.
Heart valve disease is a condition caused by either wear or disease of the heart valve(s), affecting the flow of blood through the heart.
Causes and Symptoms of Heart Valve Disease
Heart valve disease is most often due to age-related degeneration or hardening (calcification) of the valve, leading to progressive narrowing or leakage – changes that affect valve function and impair normal blood flow through the heart.
The main symptoms of heart valve disease are:
- Shortness of breath
- Light-headedness or dizziness
- Fainting and difficulty exercising
- Chest pain or palpitations
We need to talk about heart valve disease
In 2021 Heart Valve Voice has pledged to start 100,000 conversations about the signs and symptoms of heart valve disease.
Heart valve disease is a common, serious, but treatable condition, affecting over 1.5 million people in the UK. However, despite its prevalence, awareness of the condition remains low, with many people unaware of the signs and symptoms of this treatable disease.
So we are asking all of our supporters to start a conversation about the signs and symptoms of heart valve disease with a family member, friend, neighbour, colleague or any person you meet in your day. That simple conversation can save a life.
Start your conversation
So today, take one minute to talk to someone about heart valve disease, and ask them these three simple questions:
- Have you felt breathless during physical activity recently?
- Have you had any dizzy spells carrying out everyday tasks?
- Have you felt more fatigued recently?
If they answer yes to any of these questions, tell them to call their GP and ask for a simple stethoscope check - the first but most important step to timely diagnosis and treatment of the disease.
Challenge someone else
Awareness of the signs and symptoms is crucial to early detection and saving lives. So, once you’ve had your conversation, challenge someone else to have theirs. Because the more we talk about heart valve disease, the more lives we save.
Join the campaign on social media by posting about it with the hashtag #TalkValveDisease, and help us start a national conversation about heart valve disease.
By talking to each other about the signs and symptoms of heart valve disease we can improve detection, diagnosis and treatment of this common condition.