Heart valve disease has been described as ‘the next cardiac epidemic’. This Awareness Week (12th – 18th September) is important, not only to raise awareness of the disease but also to make the population more aware of the symptoms so that they can seek the help they need at the right time. It is also important that clinicians provide their patients, especially those who are over the age of 65, with regular stethoscope exams as these are the key to detecting heart valve disease.

As part of Heart Valve Disease Awareness week, a petition is being presented to 10, Downing Street to increase funding for diagnosis and treatment of heart valve disease. Those working in the cardiac diagnostic services are invited to sign and pass on the link below:

Heart Valve Disease Petition