Listen To Your Heart

As we get older, the valves in our heart can become diseased or damaged. Heart valve disease is common, serious, but treatable.

Heart Valve Disease Awareness Week is taking place from September 13th-19th, and Croí want to raise awareness about the common symptoms of heart valve disease and encourage the public to listen to their heart! If you are over 65, ask your doctor for a stethoscope check at least once a year. #ListenToYourHeart #valveweek21.

Watch back our Valve Week webinar

The “Listen to Your Heart” webinar (Sept 16, 2021) featured contributions from interventional cardiologist, Dr Samer Arnous, and James Penny, who is living with heart valve disease. MC on the evening was Lia Hynes, Journalist with the Irish Independent, author and podcast host. The webinar highlighted the signs and symptoms of heart valve disease and how it is detected and treated.

95% of older Irish adults aren’t aware of heart valve disease!

What is Heart Valve Disease?

Heart valve disease is when one or more of the valves in your heart become diseased or damaged, preventing them from opening or closing properly. This can affect the ability of your heart to pump blood effectively.

It is a common, serious, but treatable condition which is particularly associated with ageing. 

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hear from people living with heart valve disease

Kitty Smullen

Anna Bonner

Why raising awareness of Heart Valve Disease is so important

Heart Valve Disease Awareness Week 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.

Statistics show that one in eight people (13 per cent) over the age of 75 are thought to suffer from moderate to severe heart valve disease which can lead to premature death if left untreated.

People are living longer and older people are crucial contributors to society and the economy. Untreated valve disease is a barrier to active ageing but conversely, early detection and timely treatment will increase longevity and quality of life. 

Often heart valve disease patients are diagnosed only when they see a healthcare professional for a regular check-up or for some other issue. The seriousness of heart valve disease, combined with the fact that the symptoms are often difficult to detect or dismissed as a normal part of ageing, can often result in troublesome or dangerous consequences.

Further information & advice

If you have any queries or concerns relation to heart valve disease, please don’t hesitate to contact Croí’s support service, Heartlink West, Monday to Friday 9:00am – 5:30pm: Call 091-544310 or email healthteam@croi.ie.

About Heart Valve Disease Awareness Week

This awareness week is led by the Heart Valve Disease Patient Council of the Global Heart Hub, of which Croí is a founding member. 

Learn more.