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Saudi Heart Association

The Saudi Heart Association is an affiliated member of the European Society of Cardiology



Dr Khalid Al Habib, FESC


Dr Hani K. Najm, FESC

General Secretary

Dr Waleed Alhabeeb


Dr Howaida Al Qethamy

Board Members

Dr Abdullah Alsehly
Dr Hussam AlFaleh
Dr Saed Alahmari
Dr Mohammad Balghith
Dr Owayed Alshammari

Number of Members:     464
Year of Foundation:     1987
Year of ESC affiliation: 2009

Contact Information

Office Address:
Saudi Heart Association, P.O. Box 7805, Riyadh – 11461, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Tel:  +966 1 4671434
Fax: +966 1 4672553

Send e-mail  visit the website


26th Annual Conference of the Saudi Heart Association
February 2015

Including "ESC in Arabia"


The mission of the SHA are:

  • To promote of education & learning in the field of cardiovascular medicine and surgery is by providing members opportunities to advance the scientific and clinical foundation of the specialty.
  • To facilitate the exchange of scientific and clinical experience between the SHA and other interested organisations from within Saudi Arabia and abroad. 
  • To set standards for the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease in Saudi Arabia.
  • To provide leadership and advice and perform applied studies on cardiovascular disease and represent the interests of cardiovascular medicine at national and local levels within Saudi Arabia.

The SHA structure includes 8 Working Groups and several committees.

The SHA holds Scientific Sessions annually by rotation in Dammam or Khobar, Riyadh and Jeddah. 19 such meetings have been held so far since the inception of the SHA. There are also symposia on various aspects of cardiovascular medicine or surgery in conjunction with hospitals and clinics throughout Saudi Arabia.

Training of basic and advanced life support primarily by training organising and holding BLS and ACLS courses by health care professionals, is arranged by the SHA

The Associaon participates in the design of cardiology fellowship training programs Arab Board in Cardiology, The Saudi Board in Cardiology as well as Fellowship of King Saud University fellowship in Cardiology. 
The SHA web site has English as well as Arabic sections and aims to educate the public as well as professionals.


The official publication of the SHA is the journal of the Saudi Heart Association of which there has so far been 3 issues a year. The journal, which is peer reviewed and represents the cardiovascular scientific community in the region, has been publised for 20 years. As of spring 2009, however, the journal has changed in style, content and quality and is now published quarterly (january, april, july and october). The journal is in English and can be found on the SHA web site here.

The SHA also publishes an Arabic language journal, Heart Health, addressing the the general public. This journal aims to educate the public and concentrates on prevention of cardiovascular disease.  The Journal is in its ninth year and is published quarterly. Furthermore the SHA web site contains information for patients on cardiology