We are pleased to inform you that following our meeting a joint-letter was addressed to Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, addressing the need for action to improve early detection and treatment, including a detailed implementation strategy for commitments made in the NHS Long Term Plan in relation to heart valve disease.
The points made during the roundtable and highlighted in the letter have become even more important as we now better understand the impact of COVID-19 on continuing treatment for cardiovascular patients. It is a difficult reality that cardiovascular patients who are infected by COVID-19 are more vulnerable to critical illness and ICU admission. Moreover, COVID-19 has major implications for patients with pre-existing heart conditions and those with risk factors including those of an older age, men, those with diabetes, hypertension and obesity. While we await a reply from the Department of Health and Social Care on the points raised, you can see a copy of the letter attached to this email.
Today, we would like to ask for your help in joining National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Week which takes place this week 14 – 20 September 2020. We prepared some suggested tweets to celebrate the importance of timely diagnosis and treatment of heart valve disease, which you are more than welcome to use in your Twitter or Facebook posts.
Please do not hesitate to contact us in case of any questions and we look forward to being in touch with you soon.
- Please join me in raising awareness of the increasing incidence of severe #heartvalvedisease in an ageing population and in calling for more stethoscope checks #heartvalveweek20 @GlobalHeartHub #ListenToYourHeart
- Join me this #heartvalveweek20 in calling for earlier detection and reduced variation in access to treatment for #heartvalvedisease that has a huge advantage of reducing critical care occupancy and providing a safe option during #COVID19
- I support #heartvalveweek20 which promotes timely diagnosis and access treatment for #heartvalvedisease patients in the UK @GlobalHeartHub #ListenToYourHeart
- Please join me this #heartvalveweek20 in supporting calls for timely detection of #heartvalvedisease and in raising awareness among patients to attend their medical visits and avoid the risk of disease worsening @GlobalHeartHub #ListenToYourHeart
- Thousands of routine heart check-ups have been missed through #COVID19 and scores of people with life-threatening #heartvalvedisease may be undiagnosed – I’m supporting #heartvalveweek20 in to promote the importance of timely diagnosis and treatment
- Approx. 13% of people in the UK over age 65 are affected by #heartvalvedisease which leads to severe and life-threatening functional decline – it’s imperative to step up detection and treatment as the UK’s population ages #heartvalveweek20 @GlobalHeartHub
- Please join me in raising awareness of people with underlying #cardiovascular conditions such as #heartvalvedisease who are one of the most vulnerable groups to suffer from severe #COVID19 complications #heartvalveweek20 #ListenToYourHeart