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While preventing heart valve disease is as simple as knowing the signs and asking your doctor for a stethoscope check, less than half of Canadians reported receiving a stethoscope check at their last hospital visit. We need to change that.
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Peter was back on the course just weeks after his surgery

You might think heart surgery would have forced Peter to put his clubs away for good. Not for Peter. The minimally invasive TAVI heart procedure had Peter happy, healthy and on the golf course again in a matter of weeks.
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HVV Canada Pleased by Ontario’s Continued Investment in Cardiac Care; Calling for Government’s Acceptance of Ontario Health’s Recommendation to Broaden Access to Treatment

HVV Canada is encouraged by the Government of Ontario’s continued investment in cardiac disease treatments and is now calling on the Province to further its commitment by accepting Ontario Health’s recommendation to publicly fund TAVI in adults with severe Aortic Stenosis who are at low surgical risk.

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Heart Valve Voice at the Family Medicine Forum

HVV participated in the Family Medicine Forum (FMF) conference hosted by The College of Family Physicians of Canada from November 4-7, 2020. The Conference saw 3000+ clinicians and other healthcare professionals attend virtual sessions and exhibitor booths for information sharing, education, and networking purposes.

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Learning from the Past as COVID-19 Continues in Canada

As COVID-19 case numbers continue to cause uncertainty and changes in Canada, it is important that we apply our learned lessons from the country’s initial response to the pandemic.

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Patient Success Story: Nancy's Story

At age 25, Nancy discovered that she was born with a biscuspid aortic valve. After two decades without incident, sharp chest pain resulted in a trip to the emergency department. After two open heart surgeries, Nancy says that she will never minimize how she's feeling or put off seeking care ever again.

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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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Ontario’s COVID-19 Surgery Backlog a Priority for Heart Valve Voice Canada on World Heart Day

On World Heart Day, Heart Valve Voice (HVV) Canada is shining a light on the over 148,000 procedures that have been postponed during the pandemic in Ontario alone, and the importance of advocating for your health if you’re experiencing new or worsened symptoms associated with cardiac conditions.

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World Heart Day: Listen To Your Heart

World Heart Day was created by the World Heart Federation and aims to inform people around the globe about cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke.

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HVV Canada supports global colleagues with Heart Valve Disease Awareness Week

HVV Canada is proudly supporting our global colleagues as Heart Valve Disease Awareness Week takes place in various jurisdictions from September 14-20, 2020.

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Low awareness of serious but treatable heart condition could be putting Canadian lives at risk

Survey results published by Global Heart Hub show that older Canadians are as unaware as ever of aortic stenosis, the most common form of heart valve disease. In its most serious form, more than half of patients with severe heart valve disease die within two years of developing symptoms.

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Heart Valve Disease: it’s common and serious, but treatable

Read our guest Post from Wil Woan, Chair of the Heart Valve Disease Patient Council with Global Heart Hub, as he discusses the realities of heart valve disease and the importance of Heart Valve Disease Awareness Week.

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Impacts of COVID-19 on Heart Valve Disease Patients: A Clinician’s Perspective

Questions answered by Dr. Charles Peniston, Cardiovascular Surgery Specialist, Chair of HVV’s Board of Directors.

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Patient Success Story: Bryan's Story

Bryan was born with Mitral Valve Prolapse. He didn't experience symptoms until 2014, when an infection of one of his heart valves had serious implications on his health. A year later, Bryan received highly successful heart valve repair surgery. His message to other patients: advocate for your health, take it seriously, and don't wait until it's too late.

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HVV Canada Joins Global Partners for #JustGO Campaign

We have joined with our global partners for the #JustGo Campaign, reminding heart patients that if your heart says so, #JustGo to the hospital or your doctor.

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Heart Valve Voice Canada Calls for the Prioritization of Heart Valve Disease Patients as Elective Surgeries Begin to Resume

Heart Valve Voice (HVV) Canada, a non-profit patient advocacy organization for those with heart valve disease, urges provincial governments and health care institutions to prioritize the treatment of heart valve disease patients as elective surgeries are reassessed and begin to resume during COVID-19.

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Heart Valve Voice Canada Joins Global Heart Hub

Heart Valve Voice (HVV) Canada, along with its Board of Directors, is pleased to announce that it has joined Global Heart Hub (GHH).

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May Update: COVID-19 and Heart Valve Disease

We have updated our website with answers to frequently asked questions, additional links and resources to help you stay informed, and access to a symptom tracker if you are awaiting or have recently received heart valve treatment or surgery.

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Heart Valve Disease and COVID-19

With the recent developments of COVID-19, Heart Valve Voice Canada and its Board of Directors believe it is important to share information regarding what heart valve disease patients should be aware of during this time.

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Valve Disease Day 2020

Heart Valve Voice Canada is proud to be participating in Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day on February 22, 2020. After an eventful 2019 for our organization, we’re excited to continue to the momentum as we join with others in the movement to raise awareness of heart valve disease in Canada and across the world.

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MPP Event at Queen’s Park Update

HVV Canada hosted a luncheon at the Ontario Legislative Assembly in Toronto on December 2, 2019.

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Complimentary Stethoscope Check Event Update

On December 9, 2019, HVV Canada offered complimentary stethoscope checks at the Newmarket Seniors’ Meeting Place in Newmarket, Ontario.

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Upcoming Event: Complimentary Stethoscope Checks in Newmarket, Ontario

On December 9, 2019 from 10:00am – 3:30pm, Heart Valve Voice (HVV) Canada will conduct complimentary stethoscope checks at the Newmarket Seniors’ Meeting Place.

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Patient Success Story: John's Story

At 54, John found out that he had a severe aortic stenosis and an AAA aneurysm. He decided on a bio-tissue SAVI (Surgical Aortic Valve Implant), and ten weeks post-surgery found himself back at work with a new perspective on life and a new appreciation for what's important in it.

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TAVI Campaign Update

We offer a huge shout out to the thousands of Ontarians who added their voice this past Spring to our first digital advocacy campaign focused on improving access to the Transcather Aortic Stenosis Implantation (TAVI) procedure!

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Patient Success Story: Getting Back on Course

Peter has been an avid golfer in his retirement years, but after he was diagnosed with aortic stenosis at 74 years old, the symptoms prevented him from playing his beloved sport. You might think heart surgery would have forced Peter to put his clubs away for good, but not for Peter.

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Heart Valve Disease Patients and Caregivers Invited to Share Experiences with Health Quality Ontario

Health Quality Ontario, the provincial advisor on the quality of health care in Ontario, is looking to speak with patients and caregivers who’ve had experience with narrowing of the aortic heart valve, or aortic stenosis.

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Heart Valve Voice Canada Launches on Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day

Heart Valve Voice Canada is proud to officially join its Heart Valve Voice counterparts around the world to provide a voice to Canadians affected by heart valve disease - and what better day to do so than today, Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day!

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