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Leading the global fight against CVD

The World Heart Federation (WHF) continues to be the principal representative body for the cardiovascular community, including the national and continental cardiology scientific societies and foundations, and representing the scientific, medical and professional communities, as well as patients and charitable organizations.

deaths per year

from CVD globally


WHF is the only CVD non-governmental organization (NGO) in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO), and a member of the NCD Alliance

WHF works at the international and national levels through our own activities and those of our 200 plus members. Together, we are working to end needless deaths from exposure to tobacco and other risk factors, lack of access to treatment, and neglected conditions like rheumatic heart disease which kills hundreds of thousands of children each year.

Across 100 countries, we are acting now to build global commitment to address cardiovascular health at the policy level, generate and exchange ideas, share best practice, advance scientific knowledge and promote knowledge transfer to tackle CVD. We are at the heart of driving the CVD agenda and advocating for better heart health – enabling people to live longer, better and more heart-healthy lives, whoever and wherever they are.

WHF's vision, mission and strategy

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