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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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19 September 2019

​Thursday was a big day for both Heart Valve Voice and the Global Heart Hub as bot organisations delivered some exciting and impact projects. Heart Valve Voice released their publication of the Welsh State of the Nation Report and delivered a webinar to over 21,000 over 60s and Global Heart Hub welcomed Initiative Herzklappe to the Alliance.

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18 September 2019

Mid way through Heart Valve Disease Awareness Week and neither our energy, nor our schedules, showed any sign of letting up.

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17 September 2019

Yesterday was a great day for Heart Valve Voice and for the European Heart Valve Disease Awareness Week. After the success of Street Doctor in London and Edinburgh the team couldn’t wait to get going and we were in a new city and a new country. Our third in the last 24 hours!!

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