2016 Report on Health:
Canada is failing our heart failure patients

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This growing and silent epidemic touches almost half of Canadians

Hundreds of thousands of Canadians are living with heart failure.

It’s a complicated, fatal and misunderstood condition. Almost everyone with heart disease will eventually experience heart failure. It leaves patients and their families exhausted and overwhelmed, and puts serious strain on our healthcare system.

There is no cure for heart failure. Depending on the severity of the symptoms, half of heart failure patients will die within five years, and most will die within 10 years.

Despite progress in care and some promising research on the horizon, we have a long way to go to improve the outlook for heart failure patients.

The 2016 Heart and Stroke Foundation Report on the Health of Canadians takes a hard look at the growing burden of heart failure.

Read the report to learn about:

  • The causes of heart failure
  • The costs of heart failure
  • Stories of Canadians who have been touched by heart failure
  • Innovative research that could heal damaged hearts
  • What we need to do to better support heart failure patients and their families.


  • Visit our blog for stories of living with heart failure plus research that points to a potential cure.
  • Do you or does someone you love have heart failure? Find resources here.

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