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14 January 2020

Happy new year!! I hope you all had a great festive period and a lovely new year. The festive period gave us an opportunity to reflect on the work we did last year, and our End of Year report really crystallises all that we were able to achieve.

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09 December 2019

After the incredible PCR Conference, a fortnight ago, this week we’ve been at the British and Irish Society for Minimal Invasive Cardiac Surgery (BISMICS) conference talking to medical professionals and industry leaders about the improving innovation of minimal invasive surgery and what the future hold for this surgical technique.

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19 November 2019

Wow, Five years! To see a report which crystallises the hard work that has been put in over these past five years is heart-warming. Whilst the future of heart valve disease looks challenging, seeing how we turned the aims and aspirations from five years ago into real change provides hope.

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01 November 2019

In my previous blog I discussed the challenging inequalities in access to echo, explaining how diversifying who is carrying out examinations and where they are carried out will be key to improving patient pathways and reducing inequalities.

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16 October 2019

Having just attended the British Society of Echocardiography (BSE) conference, I wanted to look at the problems with access to echo, what is being done about it and what more needs to be done. 

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06 October 2019

Day Two Part Two- Patient choice seemed to be something that kept coming up (and I’m glad of it). The advancements in MIS are creating more choices, but the barriers I heard about when discussing MIS are alarming.

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05 October 2019

Day Two Part One After yesterday I’ve been thinking a lot about the role of patients voice in Heart Valve Voice and heart valve disease more broadly. I love my role as a patient advocate, I take it seriously and yet last night I had to pinch myself sat in the beautiful Portuguese evening as I thought you don’t often get the opportunity to give back and in such wonderful places!

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04 October 2019

Day One- Afternoon ​Having spoken about all the advancements in treatment options I now wanted to know what barriers were stopping patients accessing these treatments.

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04 October 2019

Day One- Morning The first part of my day at EACTs was spent discussing the advancements in Minimal Invasive Surgery (MIS). I managed to speak to Chris Young, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at St. Thomas' Hospital about innovative treatments and the advancement in MIS.

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01 October 2019

Wil is writing a fortnightly blog and discussing a range of topics over the coming months. In this addition, he's talking about the role of Heart Valve Voice in the cardiovascular landscape, so much of the discussion is about awareness. For us, there are three important parts to this: education, reach and collaboration. .

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