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 heart valve disease?

Heart valve disease results from damage to the valves of the heart. Heart valves have tissue leaflets which open and close with each heartbeat to control the direction and flow of blood through the heart. When the leaflets or associated structures become damaged, or the valve opening becomes compromised, blood flow is restricted, or the valve becomes leaky. This causes strain on the heart as it attempts to compensate.

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Mandy makes the most of her recovery plan

More than a year after my valve replacements, I can look back and see how badly affected I was by the heart valve disease without being aware of it. It’s as though I’ve discovered new gears on my bike! I can do so much more exercise now and it no longer wears me out to run errands. I will always be managing a chronic condition alongside the long-term monitoring of my heart valves, but I am excited to see my stamina continuing to improve and feel hopeful about what I will be able to achieve in years to come.

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This week is Heart Valve Disease Week, here in Canada and around the globe. It’s a time when we pay particular attention to helping people understand the symptoms and signs of heart valve disease. It’s also an opportunity to share stories of members of this community who have received care and who have become passionate about helping other Canadians realize what to watch for and when to seek care.

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