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Heart Failure Awareness Days

Taking place from 1 to 7 May 2023

Heart Failure

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

Heart Failure Awareness Days 2023

This year HFA Awareness Days will take place from 1 to 7 May 2023.

The theme is "Detect the undetected"*: those, yet undiagnosed patients and intervene early, when you know we can make the biggest difference to people’s lives and outcomes. The 25in25 initiative aims to reduce the mortality from heart failure in the first year after diagnosis by 25% in the next 25 years

Share your activities and see what others are doing! #HeartFailureAwarenessDays

 *in support of the BSH 25in25 initiative: more information is available from the British Society of Heart Failure.

What you can do

As a source of information, we recommend using and promoting, the HFA patient website providing practical information for patients, families and caregivers and available in 10 languages!


Set up your local campaign around:

  • 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)
  • Offer a NP measurement
  • 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
  • Creation of posters/infographic in the home country language for public awareness display in hospital/clinics/public space/metro/GP/mall etc…
  • Patient Engagements
  • Demonstration of materials and techniques
  • Nurse programme
  • Sponsorship support for local animations

Coming soon: the Heart Failure Awareness Days Toolkit



Each NHFS will be asked to share and report all the initiatives achieved during the week through a report in english with photos, videos, statistics, patient/public testimonials, local newspaper article, TV and radio coverage etc by Friday 12 May 2023 to

The HFA will select the 5 “best campaigns” according to the following criteria:

  • Best campaign overall
  • Best innovative initiative
  • Best newcomer
  • Best animated public event
  • Best admirative effort
  • Most patients involved

The 5 finalist NHFS will receive a financial prize of 5’000€, in the form of a travel grant to support the registration, travel and accommodation of their national champions to attend Heart Failure 2024.

All of the resources shared with us for the Heart Failure Awareness Days 2024 will be published on the HFA website.

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

Recently Awarded

2018: Cyprus, Germany, Italy, Lebanon and Lithuania

2019: Italy, France, Slovak Republic, Belarus, Cyprus, Syria, Lithuania, Lebanon, Greece, Germany, Russia, Hungary and Egypt

2020: UK, Portugal, Egypt, Ireland and Malta

2021: UK, Croatia, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Ireland, Latvia, Lebanon, Romania, Slovenia, Spain

2022: Egypt, Ireland, Malta, Portugal, UK

Discover past Heart Failure Awareness Days 

Vilnius King Mindaugas bridge

Lithuania crowd







Website for your patients -

Help your patients and their families understand more about this common, serious and progressive condition. provides practical heart failure information for patients, families and caregivers.

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