Manchester Libraries are teaming up with @HeartValveVoice to offer free heart check ups at 10 of our libraries as part of International Heart Valve Disease Awareness week 2023 (11-17 September).  The sessions are drop in and available at 10 locations across the week. They are aimed at anyone aged over 50.   

Heart valve disease is common, serious, but treatable. A regular stethoscope check is the first step in detecting Heart Valve Disease, which is when one or more of the four valves in our heart don’t open and close as they should. It can be part of the ageing process, and symptoms can include breathlessness, dizziness and fatigue, but sometimes there can be no symptoms at all. People are living longer and older people are crucial contributors to society and the economy. Untreated valve disease is a barrier to active aging but conversely, early detection and timely treatment will increase longevity and quality of life.   

On the days below, a trained clinician will be in the library offering stethoscope checks, blood pressure checks and pulse checks. Each check will only take about 5 minutes and are non-invasive and done fully clothed. 

These are drop in events, so please come in at any of the times listed below:- 

Monday 11th September

Withington Library 1-4pm

Fallowfield Library 12-3pm

Tuesday 12th September

Wythenshawe Forum Library 10-1pm

Hulme Library (Moss Side Leisure Centre) 10-1pm

Wednesday 13th September

Abraham Moss Library 10-1pm

North City Library (Harpurhey) 10-1pm

Thursday 14th September

Gorton Library 10-1pm

Longsight Library 10-1pm

Friday 15th September

Newton Heath Library 10-2pm

Avenue Library (Higher Blackley) 10-1pm

Listen to your heart and keep making the most of every day; it may even save your life. #ListenToYourHeart #ValveWeek23 

If you have any questions please ask a member of library staff at the branches above, or contact