Oxford Valvular Heart Disease – OxVALVE

Valvular Heart disease (VHD) is poorly researched in comparison with other heart disease. The Oxford Valvular Heart Disease Population Study (OxVALVE) wants to discover, via a screening programme of adults aged 65 or over, whether early detection and treatment of VHD may improve the care pathways and health of patients in the long term. In order to do this, people who have early signs of VHD need to be identified. The study is also interested in participants’ views on the acceptability of the screening process. This will help services respond to patients’ needs in future screening programmes.


  • To identify, via a screening program based in GP surgeries, what proportion of the population over 65 years of age within Oxfordshire have VHD.
  • To find out whether this screening process is acceptable to patients.
  • In the long term, we hope to be able to study VHD more closely and eventually to improve treatment and outcomes.


To donate/volunteer, you must be aged >65 years old and have no known history of VHD. For more information, please see the OxValve website or contact a member of the team on 01865 228927. The Principal Investigator is Dr. Bernard PrendergastConsultant Cardiologist.