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Heart Failure Association (HFA)

A registered branch of the ESC


HFA celebrates over ten productive years

Over the last decade the association has undergone an extraordinary growth and developed into a vibrant organisation that has done much to raise the profile of Heart Failure in Europe.

The HFA currently boasts more than 10 000 members, most of whom are interested in actively participating in HFA activities. This has allowed the association to set up an exceptional international network across all continents and numerous activities (annual congress, workshops, webinars, online courses,...) with the support and close collaboration of more than 50 National Societies and Heart Failure Working Groups.

These are some of the numerous successful projects initiated by the HFA, all of which have a strong and relevant impact on the care of Heart Failure patients in the everyday clinical practice.

HFA Annual Congress

Heart Failure Congress attracts more than 5000 participants every year who come from all over the world, representing cardiologists, general practitioners, internists, intensivists, emergency room physicians, basic and translational scientists, nurses, technicians, medical students and the industry.

HF 2017 was held in Paris and the next edition will take place in Vienna.

European Journal on Heart Failure

We provide new knowledge via the European Journal of Heart Failure (EJHF) and furthermore our members have access to congress resources.

HFA curricula

We published the Heart Failure Specialist Curriculum in the EJHF in 2014, which recognises that Heart Failure is a complex syndrome with high morbidity and mortality.

In 2016, we also added the Heart Failure Nurse Curriculum.

Heart Failure Certification for HF specialists

The reality is that cardiologists taking care of Heart Failure patients require expertise in complex techniques and devices that often were not around during their specialist training. Our aim is to facilitate members in providing optimal modern Heart Failure care according to ESC guidelines, with both education and everyday practice integrated into the curriculum. 

The next certification exam will be held in Vienna during Heart Failure Congress 2018.

Post Graduate Course in Heart Failure

In collaboration with the ESC Academy and Zurich Heart House, we launched the Post Graduate Course in Heart Failure which has been certified by the University of Zurich.


We have also developed an online learning programme based on the curriculum and latest guidelines, which has taken an innovative approach of interactive education.

Our mission

Our mission “to improve quality of life and longevity, through better prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart failure, including the establishment of networks, for its management, education, and research” led us to develop our successful Heart Failure Awareness Days and the multi-language website for patients which now boasts nine languages including a Swedish version to be launched in 2017.

Heart specialist of Tomorrow

There is no doubt the HFA needs to attract younger healthcare professionals. We propose special membership and congress registration fees for the young and offer them training grants every year. Moreover, a new group has been formed called the Heart Failure specialists Of Tomorrow (HoT) which has attracted over 700 members.


Because science represents our core activity, we organise workshops on important topics like Acute Heart Failure, Advanced Heart Failure, Comorbidities, Diabetes, Cardiomyopathies, Ventricular Assist Devices or Translational Research, with the goal of promoting science and helping clinicians and scientists with the publication of position papers.

Global Heart Failure Awareness Programme

The HFA believes the complexity of the Heart Failure syndrome not only represents a major obstacle to adequate identification and diagnosis of untreated patients, but also thwarts the understanding of Heart Failure among both politicians and the general public.

With the aim of making prevention and management of Heart Failure a global health priority, we produced the Heart Failure White Paper, that has been endorsed by worldwide Heart Failure Societies and Working Groups. The document provides contemporary data on the prevalence, survival rates and economic costs of Heart Failure across the globe and recommends actions to improve outcomes.

A Call for Action was signed by National Heart failure Society and Working Group Presidents during the Heart Failure Summit 2015.