Number of Canadians Affected by Heart Failure

Annual deaths...

...from heart failure in Canada exceed the combined total of BREAST + COLON + PROSTATE CANCER

50 percent HF patients die


The impact of heart failure 

HF costs 3 billion in hospital costs

In hospital costs

spent annually on heart failure.

Heart failure has many causes or underlying risk factors:

  • damage to the heart muscle caused by a heart attack
  • high blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Infection causing inflammation of the heart muscle
  • Diabetes
  • and more...

Patient Resources


Upcoming Training Opportunities

  • Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research
  • Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, UHN
  • University of Alberta Gray Logo
  • University of Ottawa Heart Institute
  • Dalla Lana School of Public Health Grey Logo
  • Providence Health Care Research Institute
  • St. Boniface Hospital Gray Logo
  • University of British Columbia Division of Cardiology
  • Dalhousie University Gray Logo
  • U of T Grey Logo
  • University of Manitoba, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences logo
  • Laurentian University Grey Logo
  • McMaster University logo
  • Queen's University Grey Logo
  • McGill University Grey Logo
  • University of Manitoba Gray Logo
  • Heart Centre Providence Health Care
  • Vancouver Coastal Health
  • ICES logo GREY
  • Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta Grey Logo
  • Simon Frasier University Grey Logo
  • University of Montreal Grey Logo
  • UHN Grey Logo
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology Grey Logo
  • University of Saskatchewan Grey Logo
  • University of Victoria Grey Logo
  • University of Waterloo Grey Logo
  • Canadian VIGOUR Centre (CVC) Grey Logo

Vision statement / Énoncé de vision

Why we need a Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) in Heart Failure?

NCE funding represents a unique and unprecedented opportunity to establish Canadian - leading HF centers of excellence with the international impact that will advance the continuum of care across the spectrum of HF (prevention, treatment and end of life) patients.
TRANSFORM HF Vision is to eliminate the burden of heart failure in Canada by improving survival and quality of life, and reducing hospitalizations by 50%. Read our full Vision Statement...


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Prevention starts with knowing your risk. Nine in ten Canadians have at least one risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Almost 80% of premature  heart disease and stroke can be prevented through healthy behaviours. That means that habits like eating healthy, being active and living smoke free, have a big impact on your health.



Treatment for heart disease includes medication, lifestyle changes and surgery or procedures. Learn more about the best ways to manage and treat heart disease.


End of Life

Some people living with heart failure can benefit from end-of-life care (also called palliative care). It can comfort you and your family. Learn more about end-of-life care.