The chances of developing heart valve disease increase with age. Yet if it is diagnosed and treated with valve replacement or repair promptly, people can return to a good quality of life and enjoy the Power of Positive Ageing.

Across the UK approximately 1.5 million people over the age of 65 are currently affected by heart valve disease and that number is only expected to grow with the number of people in this age bracket set to double to 19 million by 2050.

The OxVALVE Study reported that for people over the age of 65, the prevalence of heart valve disease will increase from 1.5 million people currently, to double that in 2046 and to as many as 3.3 million people by 2056, representing a 122% increase.

Aortic stenosis, the most common form of heart valve disease in developed countries, is thought to affect 2-7% of the population over the age of 65. Estimates suggest that, by the age of 75, the prevalence of heart valve disease is over 13%.

In terms of all types of heart valve disease, aortic stenosis is the most common (43%), followed by mitral regurgitation (32%) and mitral stenosis (12%).

Due to the damage caused to the valves, heart valve disease patients have to be careful of contracting these infections and disorders below