About Us

Over 60 years ago, a small group of Canadians came together to establish the National Heart Foundation of Canada. That small group has grown to include 140,000 volunteers, and close to two million donors from coast, to coast.

By focusing on these three pillars:

  1. Prevent disease by empowering Canadians to lead healthy lives.
  2. Save lives by enabling faster responses and improved treatment.
  3. Promote recovery by enhancing the support for survivors, families and caregivers.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation, together with our donors and volunteers, has made some amazing breakthroughs...

  • In 1962, the first specialized coronary unit for hospitalized heart attack patients was established. This focused approach was later adopted in hospitals around the word.
  • In 1964, Dr William Mustard, a Heart and Stroke Foundation researcher, developed the first successful surgical procedure for correcting blue baby syndrome. A potentially fatal condition, where the blood's ability to carry oxygen is reduced.
  • In 1980, a Heart and Stroke Foundation-funded researcher made a world-changing discovery when he found that the heart produces a hormone that helps to regulate blood pressure.
  • In 1997, major contributions from researchers funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation, lead to the mapping of 84,000 DNA sequences related to heart disease and stroke.
  • In 2004, the Heart and Stroke Foundation co-funded the INTERHEART study demonstrated that nine modifiable factors account for 90% of heart attacks worldwide.
  • In 2010, the international INTERSTROKE study, co-funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation, identified 10 modifiable risk factors that account for 90% of strokes.

Heart and Stroke volunteer have a long history of making a difference in people's lives.  We hope that you’ll join us, in our mission to create more survivors.

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