Thursday 13th April 2017
Heart Valve Voice Cycle Ride from London to Paris
Heart Valve Voice have assembled a team of representatives who will be cycling from London to Paris to help raise awareness of heart valve disease and to remember those who were not treated in time. The group includes HVV Chief Executive Wil Woan, Patient Ambassador Pat Khan and eight clinicians including cardiologists, surgeons and cardiac nurses. The journey will begin at Guys’ & St Thomas’ Hospital in London on 15 May and finish with a ride up to the stage at the EuroPCR Conference in Paris on 17 May. To see the list of riders and why they want to get involved click here.
This cycle ride will involve experts in valve disease from hospitals across England to bring attention of a disease which affects over 1.5 million people over the age of 65 in the UK. According to a 2016 Heart Valve Disease Survey, awareness of the disease is very low in the UK, despite its prevalence, with an average of 94% of people over the age of 60 being unaware of what aortic stenosis (the most common heart valve disease) is. The disease is easily detectable and diagnosis can involve a simple stethoscope exam from a primary care practitioner.
The cycle ride is supported by a number of generous sponsors. Big thanks goes to LivaNova, Edwards Life Sciences, GE Healthcare, Rinicare, British Heart Valve Society, Cyclism and Arragon Cycles.