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9 May 2018

Matron Helen in the saddle to raise awareness of Heart Valve Disease

Helen Munday, Royal Papworth Hospital’s Trust Matron, will ride from London to Paris this month – alongside patients, volunteers and other clinicians – to raise awareness of Heart Valve Disease and the need for early diagnosis and treatment.

The Heart Valve Voice charity is holding its second annual cycle ride, which will begin at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital in London on 21 May and finish with a ride up to the stage at the EuroPCR Conference in Paris on 23 May.

Helen said: “I see patients all the time, and sadly some are often seeing us at the hospital too late, so much more needs to be done to ensure people living with the disease receive a timely diagnosis via a simple stethoscope check from their doctor.

“This is my second year participating in the ride and not only is it a really fun experience, it is a great way to draw attention to the need for more awareness around Heart Valve Disease and the symptoms associated with it.”

Heart Valve Disease affects over 1.5 million people over the age of 65 in the UK, according to a 2016 Heart Valve Disease Survey. Awareness of this disease is very low in the UK, despite its prevalence, with an average of 94% of people over the age of 60 being unaware of what aortic stenosis (the most common Heart Valve Disease) is.

For more information about the charity, and to view videos from last year’s cycle ride, visit: www.heartvalvevoice.com.