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We play a major role in bringing the CV community together to drive transformational change.
Together we are stronger
By 2025, our aim is to reduce premature deaths from CVD by at least 25%.
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To share science, best practice and resources, acting as a global thought leader and catalyst for positive change.
Celebrate World Heart Day
The biggest global awareness-raising campaign for CVD.
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Join world leaders in heart health, share ideas, network with specialists.
Advocating for heart health
We lead the global advocacy effort for action to prevent, control and reduce the global burden of CVD.
All our programmes and partnerships are aimed at creating awareness of CVD as a priority issue across the globe.
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For my heart, for your heart ...
World Heart Day takes place on 29 September every year.
... for all our hearts
2018 is all about making a promise to live a more heart-healthy life.
Supporting your activities
We have developed all sorts of Campaign Resources for you to download and use to promote your World Heart Day events.
Pin your event
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Let's turn the world red
Help us to get iconic landmarks to light up in support of our campaign
It could be the boy next door, a colleague, a relative or a friend … people from all walks of life who have shown commitment, courage, empathy and care in relation to heart health.
On World Heart Day, we’re celebrating Heart Heroes. Everyday heroes of the heart around the world: from health professionals involved in cardiology to everyday people who have done something to look after their loved ones and their hearts.
Create your own social poster on our website and you’ll have the chance to enter our World Heart Day Awards which recognize commitment to the campaign and to heart health. The Heart Hero poster lets you add your own photo and a short statement saying what makes you, your family, friends or colleagues a Heart Hero.
There are two categories: Best Heart Hero Individual Award, celebrating the person who has made a difference to their own or others’ heart health, and Best Heart Hero Team Award, celebrating groups of people who have showed real dedication to our cause: heart health for everyone.
The World Heart Federation will judge the Awards based on the creativity and emotion captured in the posters, and the commitment and impact of your statement of what makes you a Heart Hero. Winners will be featured on our website and social media channels and will also receive a certificate recognizing their achievement.
Create your own poster here and enter the awards!
Joe, a technical writer from Philips had just ended his workout session at the office facilities when, without warning, he lost consciousness and fell to the floor with Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Lucky for him, he was in the right place at the right time and the company’s emergency team did CPR and used a defibrillator on him, which gave his heart the chance to regain its rhythm.
After a few months of recovery, he went back to his active lifestyle: he kept enjoying time spent with his grandson and playing in the New England Baseball League. And then … his chance to become a Heart Hero came along. An opponent collapsed in the middle of a game and, lucky for someone else this time, Joe had brought along his Automated External Defibrillator. The machine quickly analyzed the situation and instructed them to shock the player while applying CPR. This fast action saved his life and Joe is someone who truly knows what that means.
Read Joe’s story in full and find more examples of Heart Heroes here.