National Heart Failure Awareness Week

HFAW 2023

The Canadian Heart Failure Society (CHFS), together with a committee of cardiovascular professionals and partner organizations, is pleased to announce:

5th Annual
National Heart Failure Awareness Week
May 1-7, 2023 

Heart failure (HF) awareness continues to rise across Canada and throughout the world as more and more people are living with HF. 

The goal of Heart Failure Awareness Week is to raise awareness, increase public knowledge and provide a better understanding of this chronic condition. 

In addition to engaging health care providers in raising awareness among patients and their families, this year’s campaign will target the general public with the message: It’s Not Normal to be Breathless. We encourage people to see their health care provider if they suspect they have HF symptoms. 


National Heart Failure Awareness Week has built-in sustainability through its partnerships with the following organizations:

  • Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS)
  • Canadian Council of Cardiovascular Nurses (CCCN)
  • Canadian Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (CACPR)
  • Canadian Heart Function (CHF) Alliance
  • Heart & Stroke 
  • HeartLife Foundation
  • Société Québécoise d’Insuffisance Cardiaque (SQIC)
  • Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research

Tools and Resources

To support you in your efforts to help raise awareness, a Poster, a Patient Handout, and an Event Planning Kit are now available for download.

Other resources are also available below including sample content for twitter and links to useful websites.


Event Planning Kit

Social Media Tools

Upcoming Webinars

Tuesday May 2, 2023
1:00 - 2:00 PM EDT 

Presented by Heart & Stroke and HeartLife Foundation 
It’s Not Normal to be Breathless  - Know the Signs and Symptoms of Heart Failure: Act Now and Live Longer

Audience: Health care professionals and persons with lived experience
Presenters: Sunny Tutt and Bonnie Catlin

The purpose of this webinar is to provide primary care provider and lived experienced perspectives on diagnosis of heart failure as well as living with heart failure. The intent is to improve health outcomes by raising awareness among healthcare professionals, those who may be at risk for developing heart failure and those living with heart failure.

Click here to register. 

Tuesday May 2, 2023
7:00 - 8:00 PM EDT 

Presented by Servier
Heart Failure Awareness Webinar

Audience: Health care professionals
Presenters: Elizabeth Swiggum and Robert McKelvie

This program is designed for Health Care Professionals who treat Heart Failure patients and in support to the ongoing HF Awareness Week organized by The Canadian Heart Failure Society.

Click here for more information. 

Where to find Heart Failure Resources

Patient Education and Support Resources

Canadian Heart Failure Society 
HeartLife Foundation
Heart & Stroke
The Heart Hub: Learn, Connect & Empower

Professional Education Resources

Canadian Heart Failure Society
Société québécoise d'insuffisance cardique
Canadian Cardiovascular Society
Canadian Heart Function Alliance

Social Media

Follow us @CanHFSociety on Twitter and #HeartFailureWeekCan.  

Special Thanks

This event is made possible through the support from Abbott, AstraZeneca, Bayer Inc., Boehringer Ingelheim-Lilly, Novartis, Pfizer Canada and Servier.