On Wednesday, Stephen had his heart checked for heart valve disease at an awareness event, hosted by Heart Valve Voice in Parliament.
A recent survey revealed that 95% of respondents in London do not know what the most common heart valve disease, aortic stenosis, is, which is higher than the UK national average response of 94%. In addition, almost three-quarters (74%) of over 60s in London claim that their doctor rarely or never checks their heart with a stethoscope, compared to 72% respondents making the same claim nationally. Heart valve disease affects approximately one million people over 65 years of age in the UK. If left untreated, heart valve disease is irreversible and can progress to heart failure and ultimately death. Once patients are diagnosed, Heart Valve Voice is also calling for a clearer pathway between primary, secondary and tertiary care to ensure more effective management of the disease across the UK.
Speaking after the event, Stephen said;
“It was fascinating to learn more about heart valve disease. This disease affects a high proportion of the UK population, yet it’s worrying that there are such low levels of awareness and concern across the country. I welcome the work of Heart Valve Voice in raising awareness and seeking to improve diagnosis and treatment of heart valve disease and I will do everything I can to work with them to support their aims in East Ham”