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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S6M-01110

Heart Valve Disease Awareness Week

Submitted by: Alex Cole-Hamilton, Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats.
Date lodged: Thursday, September 9, 2021

Supported by: Clare Adamson, Jackie Baillie, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Jackson Carlaw, Foysol Choudhury, Meghan Gallacher, Pam Gosal, Monica Lennon, Douglas Lumsden, Gillian Mackay, Ruth Maguire, Stuart McMillan, Emma Roddick, Colin Smyth, Paul Sweeney, David Torrance, Annie Wells, Martin Whitfield, Beatrice Wishart

That the Parliament recognises the week beginning 13 September 2021 as Heart Valve Disease Awareness Week; understands that heart valve disease affects over 1.5 million people over the age of 65 in the UK; further understands that, despite the many advancements in treating the disease, many people are not diagnosed early enough to be treated; applauds the heroic efforts of the NHS in tackling the pandemic, but accepts that a fear of COVID-19 put many patients off visiting healthcare professionals; urges anyone who is experiencing breathlessness or dizziness to visit their GP, and agrees that early detection of heart valve disease will help patients get back to enjoying a good quality of life as quickly as possible.