Heart stroke

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada is a registered Canadian charity. The foundation's purpose is centered around educating individuals about the prevention and management of heart disease and strokes, and to fund medical research regarding the causes of these conditions. The organization was founded in 1952.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation, a volunteer-based health charity, leads in eliminating heart disease and stroke and reducing their impact through the advancement of research and its application, the promotion of healthy living and advocacy.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada is a federation of 10 provincial Foundations, led and supported by a force of more than 140,000 volunteers.

  • Throughout its history, the Foundation has relied on the generous donations of millions of Canadians.
  • The Foundation receives no operational funding from government sources.
  • In 2005, the Foundation invested approximately $90 million in research and health promotion and advocacy.

The Foundation of your community:

  • The Foundation aims to build healthier hearts and minds across Canada by bringing life-saving knowledge to the communities we serve through our local area offices and the healthcare providers we support with education and resources.
  • We have the passion and courage to explore, through scientific excellence and innovation, ways to protect the health of all Canadians – old and young – in communities across the nation.

There are also ten independent, provincial Heart and Stroke Foundations in Canada. They join with the national foundation in a federation.

In 2005, the Foundation spent almost $54 million on research, funding more than 900 researchers and research teams across the country. Since 1956, this has totalled more than $1 billion in research support.

The Health Check food information program is also administered by the foundation.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation also provides the free and confidential on-line program the Blood Pressure Action Plan and Heart & Stroke Risk Assessment. These interactive tools help people get a risk profile and then a personalized action plan to reduce their risk and can be accessed by visiting www.heartandstroke.ca/risk or www.heartandstroke.ca/bp

Mission Statement

The Heart and Stroke Foundation, a volunteer-based health charity, leads in eliminating heart disease and stroke and reducing their impact through the advancement of research and its application, the promotion of healthy living and advocacy.

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