The team from Heart Valve Voice are about to embark on their third annual awareness raising cycle. Team members including patients, clinicians and volunteers from across the UK 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. The journey will begin 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.
“We are excited to be holding this brilliant event again this year,” said Wil Woan, Heart Valve Voice Chief Executive. “What’s even more exciting is that we have more teammates involved this year including a few patients which helps to strengthen our message that with timely treatment many patients with valve disease can regain an improved quality of life and accomplish things they never dreamed of before!”