We're fighting the single biggest killer of Australians - heart disease.
The Heart Foundation is a charity dedicated to fighting the single biggest killer of Australians - heart disease. For over 50 years, we’ve led the battle to save lives and improve the heart health of all Australians. Our sights are set on a world where people don’t suffer or die prematurely because of heart disease.
We fund life - saving heart research, and work to improve heart disease prevention and care for all Australians.
Right now, 1.4 million Australians are living with heart disease, and each year more than 55,000 Australians suffer a heart attack. We're out to change that.
The Heart Foundation is dedicated to making a real difference to the heart health of Australians. Every day, our work includes:
- Funding world - class cardiovascular research
- Guiding health professionals on preventing and treating heart disease
- Educating Australians about making healthy choices
- Supporting people living with heart conditions
- Advocating to government and industry to improve heart health in Australia
WHAT WE DO
Your heart is a muscle that pumps blood around your body. It can beat up to 100,000 times a day - that’s up to 3 billion heartbeats during an average lifetime.
Knowing your risks is the first step to avoiding a heart attack or stroke.
Heart disease is the single biggest killer of Australians, but it can mostly be prevented. There’s no one cause for heart disease, but there are risk factors that increase your chance of developing it. The more risk factors you have, the bigger your risk is of a heart attack/stroke.
You might not know you have some of these risk factors. The best way to find out your overall risk is to see your doctor or health practitioner for a heart health check. If you’ve already had a heart attack or stroke, read more about looking after yourself to avoid another.