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The Foundation

OUR STORY

For close to 70 years, Heart & Stroke has been dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Our work has saved thousands of lives and improved the lives of millions of others. You’ll probably run into someone today who is alive and well thanks to the countless Canadians who have supported our cause with their time and donations.

OUR VISION

Our progress is real. The death rate from heart disease and stroke has declined more than 75% over the past six decades. See our latest results. Envisioning this kind of progress was what drove a visionary group of Canadians, including researchers and physicians, to establish the beginnings of Heart & Stroke in 1952.

WHAT WE DO TODAY

Heart & Stroke is a leading funder of life-saving research, which has led to breakthroughs such as heart transplant surgery and a revolutionary stroke treatment that cuts the death rate by 50%.

We empower Canadians to live healthier lives — from preventing and controlling high blood pressure to getting more physical activity. And we fight for change that will create better health for all, such as reducing salt in the food supply and improving access to stroke rehabilitation.

Let's beat as one!

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BC Researchers

Backed by donors and volunteers, Heart & Stroke’s commitment to research has been unwavering for close to 70 years. From the first successful open-heart surgery in Canada to the discovery of the gene responsible for heart arrhythmias, our researchers have led life-saving advances for heart conditions, stroke and related dementia.
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Preventing Brain Damage from Stroke

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Your Support Matters

Research Changes Lives. 
 

With your help, Heart & Stroke has been leading advances in heart and brain health for close to 70 years. From the prevention of disease to the development of life-saving interventions to the transformation of rehabilitation, our research is truly life-changing. Click here to see an inspiring timeline of the medical breakthroughs that we've achieved because of the generosity of Heart & Stroke donors over the years.

Heart disease and stroke have not gone away: in Canada, someone dies from these diseases every 7 minutes. And we've now learned that COVID-19 can cause damage to previously healthy hearts and have serious impacts on the brain. We can't afford to put the brakes on driving research breakthrough, but we can't do it without you. We need your help to fund the best and brightest scientific minds on the verge of making discoveries that can save or drastically improve lives.

 

At Heart and Stroke, we’re funding and discovering medical breakthroughs to keep you and your loved ones alive. Together we can beat heart disease, beat stroke. Because when we beat as one, we can make a real difference in the lives of people across Canada who are living with or at risk for heart disease and stroke.