New alliance to improve quality of life for those living with heart failure

The first-of-its kind network will unite researchers from across the country

Ottawa: Heart & Stroke, in partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and Mitacs, is excited to announce the recipient of a $5 million heart failure research network funding grant. Dr. Jean-Lucien Rouleau, of the Montreal Heart Institute, and his team of 100 researchers from across Canada, will form a network called the Canadian Heart Function Alliance.

The newly formed Alliance’s goal will be to understand the underlying causes, physiology, pathology, and social determinants of heart failure and to improve the prevention, detection, management, patient outcomes, quality of life, and delivery of care for people living with heart failure.

“We partnered on this funding opportunity to support a single nationally coordinated heart failure research network because it includes patients and caregivers, Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers, policy makers, health care providers, researchers, and industry,” says Diego Marchese, vice president of mission, research and social enterprise at Heart & Stroke. “The research network is a key component of the Heart Failure Action Plan being developed in partnership to improve care and support for people living with heart failure and their caregivers across the country.”

Anything that damages the heart affects how it functions, including heart attacks, high blood pressure, and heart defects. It’s this damage that leads to heart failure –a chronic condition with devastating physical and emotional consequences. It is estimated that there are 750,000 people living with heart failure in Canada, with 100,000 more diagnosed each year. May 2 – 8 is Heart Failure Awareness Week in Canada. 

Learn more about our action plan to beat heart failure.

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Life. We don’t want you to miss it. That’s why Heart & Stroke has been leading the fight to beat heart disease and stroke for 70 years. We must generate the next medical breakthroughs, so Canadians don’t miss out on precious moments. Together, we are working to prevent disease, save lives and promote recovery through research, health promotion and public policy.  @HeartandStroke

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