Heart valve disease is common, serious but treatable

Early detection with a simple stethoscope check is essential. 
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What is
Heart Valve Disease?

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symptoms, diagnosis and treatments in Canada.
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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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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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Healthy living is key after a diagnosis of heart valve disease

Focusing on healthy living is important for everyone, but it’s particularly important for someone who has been diagnosed with heart valve disease. Healthy living includes managing key risk factors for your heart health like not smoking, maintaining a healthy blood pressure measurement, exercising, keeping a healthy weight, and managing your blood cholesterol. There is a lot you can do to control these risk factors for your heart health.

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Heart Valve Disease Awareness Act passes first reading

All MPPs and staff at Queen’s Park in Toronto were invited to participate in the #ListenToYourHeart Challenge reception. MPP Rudy Cuzzetto introduced Bill 66, The Heart Valve Disease Awareness Act, proclaiming February 22nd as Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day in Ontario. During the reception, the landmark report, Heart Valve Disease: Working together to improve the patient journey was shared with key decision makers. More than 90 policy makers and staff participated and showed their support.

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Early catch leads to heart valve disease treatment

In 2019, Oakville resident Karen Timmerman thought she had the flu. Her persistent symptoms resulted in a trip to her local hospital. While trying to find the source of her illness, doctors discovered a heart murmur which turned out to be caused by a defective heart valve. “This story is shared with permission from Hamilton Health Sciences and author Ellie Stutsman. The original article was published Sept. 16, 2022.”

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