The team from Heart Valve Voice are about to embark on their second awareness raising cycle ride one year later.
Team members from UK charity will be cycling from London to Paris to help raise awareness of heart valve disease and the need for improved diagnosis and access to treatment. Money raised will enable patients to attend the Conference.
The cycle team will be made up of HVV Chief Executive Wil Woan and 13 clinicians and patients . The journey will begin at Guys’ & St Thomas’ Hospital in London on 21 May and finish with a ride up to the stage at the EuroPCR Conference in Paris on 23 May.
Heart Valve Disease affects over 1.5 million people over the age of 65 in the UK, according to a 2016 Heart Valve Disease Survey. Awareness of this 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.