Heart valve disease is a common, serious, but treatable condition with early detection and intervention. But did you know, in a recent survey, only 3% of older Canadians were able to correctly identify the early warning signs of aortic stenosis, the most common form of heart valve disease? And less than a third said they would seek medical attention if they experienced some of the more common symptoms?
That needs to change. And you can help!
Detecting heart valve disease can be done with a simple stethoscope check. Asking your doctor for a stethoscope check during regularly scheduled visits supports early detection and can help save lives.Know the signs
Many patients do not show symptoms for many years, even if their disease is severe, and doctors do not always perform a stethoscope check if patients do not show any signs or symptoms. So be sure to ask your doctor for a stethoscope check at every visit.
Even if you are not experiencing any symptoms, but are over 65, ask your doctor for a stethoscope check and help us raise awareness to save lives today!