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Thursday 9th June 2016

Sandra initially dismissed her symptoms of heart valve disease as a sign she was getting older. After falling ill at work, she visited her GP and upon further investigation was told she had heart valve disease. She explains her valve disease symptoms and diagnosis below.

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Thursday 9th June 2016

​Sandra’s son, Chris, has been by her side since she received the diagnosis of heart valve disease. Here, he speaks of his experience as a family member, and how he supported his mum.

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Thursday 5th May 2016

​Guy was only 35 when diagnosed with heart valve disease after experiencing dizzy spells and breathlessness. After 6 years of regular monitoring, his mild stenosis developed into a severe condition and he received a mechanical valve. Below, he tells us about his experience of heart valve disease and how early diagnosis helped him regain his busy life back.

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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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