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Heart Failure Awareness Days

Join this widespread activity from 6 - 12 May 2019

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.


See what's planned for Heart Failure Awareness Days 2019

Vilnius King Mindaugas bridge

Lithuania crowd

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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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

Get some ideas from events last year

Each country can participate in an award for the best programme. 5 winning national heart failure societies receive 5000 Euros from the HFA and certificates at the HFA Summit in October

View the reports from 2018

Winning programme (all programmes are judged together in one country) show outstanding commitment to the event and illustrate the best preparation and organisation in the following categories:

  • Public Event
  • Open clinic
  • TV & radio coverage
  • Newspaper & website coverage
  • Printed material for patients
  • Involvement of patient groups

If you want to get involved, contact the HFA: hfa@escardio.org or your Heart Failure Working Group

What is Heart Failure?

Understand more about this common, serious and progressive condition. Heartfailurematters.org provides practical heart failure information for patients, families and caregivers.

Learn more