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Annual HFA Summit

31/03/2022 09:30 31/03/2022 13:00 Europe/Paris Annual HFA Summit

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Over 40 representatives from heart failure societies and working groups all over Europe gather annually to take part in this highly interactive meeting aimed at addressing the needs of the National Heart Failure Societies and laying down the basis for cooperation amongst our societies.


Dr. Gellen, from France, describes why getting together to discuss patient care, education and awareness is so important for heart failure working groups.



Prof. Chopra, from the Indian Heart Failure working group, describes how useful meeting other working groups is while his is still in its formative years.


HFA Summit 2022

The first hybrid HFA Summit held on 31 March 2022 was a great success, gathering in total 66 representatives from the Heart Failure National Societies and Working Groups, 34 on site in Athens and 32 online.

This year's programme addressed the key strategic drivers of the Heart Failure Association and its community for the years to come, focusing on how we can work together at a national and European level to best serve the mission of the HFA.

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HFA Summit 2020 - virtual event

Tuesday, 15 December 2020 from 08:30 to 12:00 CET (Paris time).

For the first time in Heart Failure Association (HFA) history, in 2020 the National Heart Failure Societies Summit will not take place in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated travel restrictions. A virtual summit will take place online instead.


HFA Summit 2019 - Dubrovnik, Croatia

Representatives of 40 national heart failure societies, as well as HFA Board Members and ESC leadership discussed high-level issues in the management of heart failure. HFA Atlas, HF registries and future quality of care centres feature in the programme.

Programme Declaration  Ministerial support

The Croatian Government will hold the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU from 1 January to 30 June 2020. During its six months at the helm of the EU, it is committed to emphasising the importance of heart failure, including advanced heart failure, at EU ministerial level and to hold a ministerial event on best standards of care for heart failure patients.

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HFA Summit 2018, held in Vilnius, Lithuania on 27 October 2018

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A glimpse of the HFA Summit, held in Krakow, Poland on 4 November 2017

Discussions focussed on how heart failure is treated in different countries, how to cooperate to improve management of patients and how to implement the ESC Atlas project. Full programme below.


Programme 2017


Prof. Abdel Hamid, President of the Egypt working group on heart failure, came to the HFA Summit for the first time in 2017. In this video, he tells us why he thinks attendance of all countries is important.



Prof. Andrzej Gackowski, President of the Polish working group, provides an insight in this video into why hosting an HFA Summit is beneficial for both participants and the country involved

Polish Declaration

Below, photos of the launch of the Polish National Programme of Prevention and Treatment of Heart Failure. The basis of this programme should be the change in the healthcare system by integration and improvement of hospital and out-patient care on different levels of their reference in order to reduce the morbidity and improve the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure.

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Past Summits

2016 Summit

In 2016, the Summit was held in Cyprus.

2015 Summit

In 2015, the Summit was held in Ljubljana, Slovenia

2014 Summit

In 2014, the Summit was held in Rome, Italy