Make the most out of your virtual healthcare appointments

Virtual appointments are happening more often due to COVID-19. Use our Virtual Appointment Guide to ensure you are getting the most out of your meeting with your doctor or care team.
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COVID-19 and
Heart Valve Disease

It is important to monitor your symptoms and seek medical attention if they change or worsen. Hospitals remain equipped to treat patients safely during COVID-19. If your heart says so, just go!
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If you're a patient, caregiver, or healthcare professional, visit our page for tools to help you navigate heart valve disease.
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What is
Heart Valve Disease?

Find out more about heart valve disease
symptoms, diagnosis and treatments in Canada.
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Patient Success Story:
An Ironman Comeback

Avid cyclist and Ironman participant, Fabio had to take a break from sport because he needed heart surgery due to bicuspid aortic valve stenosis. However, it didn't take him long to get back on the bicycle and back in the race.
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What is mitral valve disease?

The mitral valve is a valve on the left side of the heart. This is one of the heart’s four valves that help prevent blood from flowing backward as it moves through the heart. When the valve is not functioning optimally blood can leak backwards requiring the heart to work harder or have reduced blood flow and increased pressure in the lungs that lead to heart failure and other conditions. Mitral valve disease can be acquired later in life through several conditions or congenital (present at birth).

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Joylyn Bogle’s new lease on life

When Joylyn Bogle was 59, she was admitted to the hospital with congestive heart failure. Her heart was so weak that operating on her would have been potentially fatal, but without intervention, she was going to die. It was then decided that Joylyn would be treated for her mitral valve regurgitation with a less invasive approach using catheters: Transcatheter Edge to Edge Repair (TEER). She is now enjoying being more active again.

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Take care this holiday season

With the end of the year in sight, we want to thank all of the visitors and followers who have supported and engaged with Heart Valve Voice Canada over this past year. From sharing our social media campaigns and news articles to sharing our message with your friends, family and elected leaders, you have helped us improve awareness of heart valve disease and how we can do better in diagnosing and treating it. We are now looking ahead to 2022 and excited about the new ways that we can serve and advocate for those with heart valve disease.

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