Heart Valve Voice at EuroPCR 2017
Cycling for heart valve disease awareness
Members of the UK Charity Heart Valve Voice will be cycling from London to the EuroPCR stage 15-17 May. Their goal: raise awareness on heart valve disease.
What is Heart Valve Voice?
Heart Valve Voice is a patient-physician charity for people with heart valve disease. Heart Valve Voice’s mission is to improve the diagnosis, treatment and management of heart valve disease by raising awareness of its severity and the need for timely detection to ensure all patients receive the right treatment at the right time.
Heart Valve disease in the UK:
- It affects over 1.5 million people over the age 65 in the UK
- Awareness is very low: 94% of people in the UK over 60 are unaware of what aortic stenosis is
The Cycle to EuroPCR
“With this cycle ride, we hope to raise awareness of the importance of not ignoring these symptoms of heart valve disease such as breathlessness, fatigue and chest pains and having your heart checked” said Wil Woan, Heart Valve Voice Chief Executive, describing the Cycling objectives.
This initiative will involve 8 experts in valve disease including cardiologists, surgeons and cardiac nurses from hospitals across the UK. Patient ambassador Pat Khan will also be joining the cycle ride. Diagnosed with mitral valve regurgitation in 2006, Khan received a mitral valve repair at the age of 62. “I just want to spread the word about how important it is to have yourself checked and to pay my respects to those who didn’t receive the life-saving treatment that I was lucky enough to have in time” she says.
Heart Valve Voice team members will be departing from Guy’s & St Thomas Hospital in London on Monday 15 and arriving to the Palais des Congrès in Paris on Wednesday.
Join Heart Valve Voice members at the Theatre Bordeaux as they cross the finish line on Wednesday 17 May at 14:40 and follow their journey on their Twitter and Facebook pages. A focus session on Interventions for Valvular disease will follow a short presentation by the leaders of this initiative. You can also follow the journey on their Twitter and Facebook pages.