What we’re fighting for:


Solutions for heart failure

Each year, 100,000 people in Canada are diagnosed with heart failure; half will die within five years. We need to fight this complex, incurable condition on all fronts: preventing the damage that reduces heart function, creating new treatments, and enhancing and improving diagnosis and early access to care and medications.

Heart disease survivor Barb Kolomi
Heart disease survivor Paul Gee and his wife Joanne
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Stories of hope and courage
People fighting heart failure and the researchers trying to save them
See their stories
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The heart-brain connection

Your heart and brain are strongly linked: when something goes wrong with one, the other is affected. So heart disease or a stroke can lead to dementia. We must investigate this connection to empower the healthcare system to treat the whole person, not just conditions in isolation, and keep them healthier, longer. 

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Paul’s story: A long journey back
After a heart attack, his toughest challenge was recovering his mental health
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Equity in women’s health

Women are not small men. Their hearts and brains are different, yet two-thirds of heart and stroke research is still based on men. We are working hard to close the research gap, so more women are diagnosed early, treated properly and saved. 

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An Indigenous mother and her child
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Sudi’s story: A heart attack out of nowhere
New research will help doctors diagnose and treat a potential killer
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What's inside

Dr. Pare in his lab;

Champion critical research

We rally the best scientific minds around critical heart and brain issues. Their research breakthroughs help advance diagnosis and treatment, repair damaged hearts and minimize the debilitating effects of strokes.
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Forge successful partnerships

We identify crucial issues that will lead the better health outcomes for people across Canada and build teams to tackle these challenges. Our partnerships with hospitals, universities and health institutions help close gaps in patient care.
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Create healthier environments

We advocate to leaders and policy makers so everyone in Canada can lead healthier lives, reducing their risk of heart disease and stroke. We push to change laws (on issues like youth vaping), improve health policies and beat health inequities.
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Trigger systems change

Hospitals need support. We collaborate to build evidence that helps them improve current and future patient care, reducing the devastating toll of heart conditions  and stroke.
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Fund crucial initiatives

As Canada’s largest non-governmental funder of heart disease and stroke research in Canada, we ensure continuous financial support to enable breakthroughs. And we drive innovations to confront challenges like high blood pressure and cardiac arrest.
Doctor Jacqueline Joza

Dr. Jacqueline Joza is pioneering a research innovation that could prevent heart failure.

Heart disease survivor Kevin Lobo

Kevin Lobo has heart failure. Learn how that changed his life, in our report on heart failure.

BC MLA Harwinder Sandhu poses for a photo

BC’s Harwinder Sandhu knew what to do when her fellow politician had a stroke.

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Seth Nottley’s heart stopped in his school playground. But CPR saved his life.

Dr. Susanna Mak in a hospital treatment room

Dr. Susanna Mak leads trailblazing research with support from Heart & Stroke donors.

How we fight heart disease & stroke

There’s so much more to do. To keep up the pressure, we focus our efforts where they’ll have the most impact:

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Saving lives

Heart disease, stroke and related conditions take one Canadian life every five minutes. We’re helping to enable faster, better emergency response and treatment.

How we are saving lives