European Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day


European Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day

European Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day will be held for the first time in September 18th, 2018 and aims to improve diagnosis, treatment and management of heart valve disease in Europe. Croí, the Heart and Stroke Foundation are supporting this initiative in collaboration with a group of European patient organisations. 

While there have been many advancements in the treatment of heart valve disease the unfortunate fact is that far too many people are not being diagnosed and treated early enough. The aim of the European Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day is to ensure that more people are aware of the importance of having their heart checked for heart valve disease, which can often be detected through a simple stethoscope check. With increased awareness we hope to see many more heart valve disease patients get the treatment they need and to go on living full and happy lives.

Heart Valve Disease Is Common

Heart valve disease is caused by either wear, disease or damage of one or more of the heart’s valves, affecting the flow of blood through the heart. This can cause symptoms such as breathlessness, chest pain, dizziness and fainting. However, if it is diagnosed and treated early, patients can return to a good quality of life.

Heart Valve Diease Awareness Day

One out of eight people over the age of 75 suffers from moderate to severe heart valve disease. Due to the increase of ageing populations across Europe the number of people affected by heart valve disease will keep growing. Studies show that people with serious aortic stenosis, the most common type of heart valve disease in the elderly, have only a 50% chance of surviving for two years with the disease if they are not being treated.


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Croí is a registered Irish heart & stroke charity dedicated to the fight against heart disease and stroke, with a special focus on the West of Ireland. 

Our Mission is to 'Prevent Disease, Save Lives, Promote Recovery and Wellbeing'

The charity is totally funded through the proceeds of fundraising events, voluntary contributions and philanthropy.
Charity Number: CHY7500

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