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Heart Failure Awareness Days

2020 edition cancelled

Heart Failure

Heart Failure Awareness Days are held every year in early May (depending on the country). Join your National Heart Failure Societies and Working Groups to organise events to raise awareness about the importance of recognising heart failure symptoms early, getting an accurate diagnosis and receiving optimal treatment.


COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Following the spread of the novel coronavirus, the growing restrictions on the movement of patients and physicians and the limited availability of healthcare professionals, we have concluded that Heart Failure Awareness Days scheduled for May 4–10, 2020 will not take place as planned.

The HFA Board considers this to be the only logical decision in view of the current situation.

We would like to assure you of our continued support during these difficult days.

Thank you for your understanding,


Prof. Petar M. Seferović
President of the Heart Failure Association

Prof. Yuri Lopatin
Coordinator of the National Heart Failure Societies/Working Groups


Vilnius King Mindaugas bridge

Lithuania crowd

Find out what happened 

Reports from Heart Failure Awareness Days 2019

2019 Award Winners 

  • Best campaign over all: Italy, France, Slovak Republic
  • Best innovative initiative: Belarus
  • Best media coverage: Cyprus
  • Best newcomer: Syria
  • Best animated public event: Lithuania, Lebanon
  • Best outdoor activities: Greece
  • Best open house/ clinic: Germany, Russia
  • Most patients involved: Hungary, Egypt

What you could do

  • Lectures to patients, their relatives and to the public about heart failure
  • Open house in hospitals, show heart failure clinics, diagnostic tools and more
  • Offer blood pressure measurements (important when discussing heart failure)
  • Arranging competitions, questionnaires, quizzes etc
  • Panel debates with influential, decision-making people
  • Inform press, radio and television in advance about activities
  • Share on social media, join the conversation on Twitter, make Facebook posts

Each country can participate in an award for the best programme. Winning national heart failure societies receive prize money from the HFA and certificates at the HFA Summit in October. Winning programme (all programmes are judged together in one country) show outstanding commitment to the event and illustrate the best preparation and organisation in stated categories (see above).

If you want to get involved, contact the HFA: or your Heart Failure Working Group

Gold Award for Awareness

Due to the consistant high quality of their Awareness Days programme, Germany was awarded the first Gold Award for Heart Failure Awareness during the Inaugural Ceremony of Heart Failure 2016 in Florence. Subsequently, Lithuania received the Gold Award in 2017 during the Inaugural Ceremony of Heart Failure 2017 in Paris. 



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