Ask your doctor to listen to your heart.

A heart murmur can be the first sign of heart valve disease1

You won't be able to tell if you have a murmur unless your GP listens to your heart.4

In the short videos below, New Zealand cardiologist Jim Stewart, answers your most common questions about getting your heart checked.

Why is it important that my GP listens to my heart

What should I expect during a heart check?

What is a heart murmur and what does it mean?

Make the most of your doctor visit

Answer these 5 quick questions to help you talk about your heart health at your next GP visit.

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Even if you don’t have any symptoms if you are over 65 it is worth getting a doctor to listen to your heart so any potential problems can be identified early.

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Did you know the most common heart valve disease is called Aortic Stenosis?3

1 in 8 people over the age of 75 have Aortic Stenosis2. Symptoms can come on very slowly, so you may not notice them for many years.5 

Common symptoms may include:

Chest pain

Shortness of breath

Feeling faint

Reduced exercice capacity

“I wish I’d gone to see the doctor earlier”

Christchurch man, Ross McGregor was diagnosed with Aortic Stenosis and successfully treated. Watch his story below.

Aortic Stenosis is a curable valve disease, and there are different treatment options available, that your doctor will be able to explain.

  1. Cherif L. H. et al, Segmentation of Heart Sounds and Heart Murmurs. Journal of Mechanics in medicine and Biology. 2008;8(4):549-559
  2. Nikomo VT, Gardin JM, Skelton TN et al. Burden of valvular heart diseases: a population–based study. Lancet 2006;368:1005–11
  3. Bouma BJ, van den Brink RBA, van der Meulen JHP et al. To operate or not on elderly patients with aortic stenosis: the decision and its consequences. Heart 1999 Aug; 82: 143–8.
  4. Cherif L. H. et al, Segmentation of Heart Sounds and Heart Murmurs. Journal of Mechanics in medicine and Biology. 2008;8(4):549-559
  5. Nishimura, Rick A., et al. "2014 AHA/ACC guideline for the management of patients with valvular heart disease: a report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines." Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 63.22 (2014): e57-e185
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