Why give?

What we do

One life taken every seven minutes

For over 60 years, Heart & Stroke has been dedicated to fighting heart  disease and stroke. Our work has saved thousands of lives and improved the lives of millions of others. Learn more about our story

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The progress is real 

Heart & Stroke donors and volunteers have been fueling medical breakthroughs over six decades: 

$1.52 B
invested in life-saving research since 1952
decline in heart disease and stroke death rate since 1952
researchers currently funded by Heart & Stroke

Our goals

The threat of heart disease and stroke is more urgent than ever, so  we’ve set ambitious targets. See our progress in the latest Report to Donors. 

reduction in risk factors for heart disease and stroke by 2020
reduction in the death rate from heart disease and stroke by 2020

How we fight heart disease & stroke

There’s so much more to do. To keep up the pressure, we focus our efforts where they’ll have the most impact:

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Tapping inspired advice

We have the best minds advising us how to reduce the impact of heart disease and stroke. They include people living with these diseases, plus medical and scientific experts.

Learn more

Get our 2018 Stroke Report

Women are disproportionately affected by stroke throughout their lives. The Heart & Stroke 2018 Stroke Report looks at the challenges they face across the health system.

Stroke survivor Lisa Meeches.


  • Give heart disease & stroke survivors a fighting chance.

  • Put heart disease & stroke research on the fast track.

  • Fight for every Canadian to live heart disease & stroke free.

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