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Working Together

By connecting, convening and working to each other's strengths,
we increase everyone's capacity to improve CVD outcomes

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Uniting our members to reduce premature CVD mortality

Our organization unites cardiovascular disease foundations and societies, academic centres and primary care groups, hospitals and clinics, cardiologists, public health professionals and advocates, professional societies, ministries of health and patient support organizations… a global community dedicated to the treatment, prevention and control of CVD.


members and counting

in over 100 countries

In 2015, world leaders formally adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Thanks to years of extensive advocacy, for the first time in history noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), including CVD, are specifically included in the SDGs as a major development priority.

This is a landmark achievement. Never before have governments been so strongly compelled to act on the global CVD epidemic. But now, more than ever, these governments need to be encouraged and assisted to achieve the new target set out in the SDGs of reducing premature deaths from NCDs by 2030.

A key way to meet this target is to continue working towards the World Heart Federation goal of reducing premature deaths due to CVD by 25% by 2025, as CVD continues to cause over half of all NCD deaths across the world.

Bringing the CVD community together to drive transformational change and help people everywhere to lead heart-healthy lives

We provide platforms for our members and partners to connect and network, learning from each other and raising their profiles on the global stage. We also harness the expertise of individual member organisations and partners, developing expert resources to share best practice so that we always work to each other’s strengths. By acting as a ‘global hub’, we can actively increase everyone’s capacity to improve CVD outcomes and work towards our 25% by 2025 goal.

Giving our members a voice on influential and transformative global platforms


As a founder of the NCDA, which unites over 2,000 civil organizations, we connect our members with the wider NCD world, working to ensure that NCDs, including CVD, are placed at the heart of all health policies.

Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) Action

As a co-founder of RHD Action, we and our members work to reduce premature mortality from this preventable disease and to consign RHD to the history books.

World Heart Federation Emerging Leaders

We are actively developing a long-term cadre of experts who collaborate, research and act to reduce premature mortality from CVD globally.

High-level meetings, reports and papers

We are regularly invited by bodies such as the WHO and the UN to contribute our expertise to high-level publications, research papers, meetings and discussions.

National plans

Together with our members, we play a key role in guiding countries to develop and implement effective national plans to tackle the burden of CVD and NCDs.

Providing opportunities for our members to convene and connect

World Congress of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Health

The official Congress of the World Heart Federation is an international stage for the latest developments in CVD science and public policy; a chance to learn from world leaders, network with specialists, share ideas

World Heart Day

The World Heart Federation’s biggest global awareness-raising campaign for CVD takes place on 29 September every year. From schools and clinics to our biggest member societies and foundations, last year it was celebrated in over 120 countries.

World Heart Federation Roadmaps

Our Roadmaps aim to convene heart-health stakeholders to identify roadblocks in the patient journey, strengthen policies aligned with WHO targets, and implement the evidence-based solutions that will reduce premature deaths from CVD.

Events and congresses around the world

We and our members attend a wide variety of events in regions across the globe, providing yet more opportunities to meet, network and share the latest thinking, tools and resources. and be inspired by best practice from other countries.

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