World Heart Federation (WHF)

Fédération mondiale du Coeur

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1978, as International Society and Federation of Cardiology (ISFC) -- Société et fédération internationale de cardiologie (SFIC) -- Sociedad y Federación Internacional de Cardiologia, following merger of International Society of Cardiology (ISC) -- Société internationale de cardiologie (SIC) and International Cardiology Federation (ICF) -- Fédération internationale de cardiologie. Previously a World Heart Association had been active since 8 Sep 1950, Paris (France), in succession to International Provisional Council of Cardiology -- Conseil international provisoire de cardiologie, formed in 1946. Present name adopted 28 Apr 1998. States adopted, 1978, Tokyo (Japan), at first General Assembly; amended: 1986, Washington DC (USA); 1992, Moscow (Russia); 1994, Berlin (Germany); 1998, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil); 2002, Sydney (Australia); 2004 Munich (Germany). Registered in accordance with Swiss Civil Code.


Unite members and lead the global fight against heart disease and stroke, with a focus on low- and middle-income countries.

Future Events

2021 Washington DC, USA – Quadrennial World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery

2020 Chicago IL, USA – Biennial World Congress

Past Events(2)

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Main areas of activity:

(a) Advocacy - builds public awareness and supports policy changes which promote a heart-healthy lifestyle, particularly in the areas of tobacco control in the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), women and heart disease, children, youth and healthy lifestyles, healthy diet and physical activity. Participated in the 'WHO Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health', leading to formulation of the draft global strategy on diet, physical activity and health, presented to World Health Assembly, May 2004.

(b) Education and Training - runs workshops to build capability in member national heart foundations and regional heart networks. Scientific Councils run expert training programmes for cardiologists in low- and middle-income countries. Fellowships and traineeships provide training opportunities at an individual level. 'Twin Centres Programme' provides grants to cardiologists in countries where cardiovascular disease is emerging as an epidemic to improve their knowledge base and develop essential expertise and technical skills which are not available in their home country.

(c) Sharing Science and Research - Scientific Advisory Board and its Scientific Councils (4) and scientific international societies (4), composed of international experts, carry out international lectures and training seminars, research and demonstration projects. Scientific Councils: Epidemiology and Prevention; Rheumatic Fever/Rheumatic Heart Disease; Clinical Cardiology; Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and Prevention. International Societies: International Atherosclerosis Society (IAS); International Society of Cardiomyopathies; International Society of Clinical Pharmacology. Projects include: 'Surveillance of Risk Factors (SuRF) Report' jointly with WHO; Russian Education Initiative; Pakistan Community-Based Programme; African Twinning Programme; fellowships for young cardiologists from low- and middle-income countries. 'World Heart Day'. Joint projects with WHO, UNESCO and UNICEF. Organizes World Congress of Cardiology (every 2 years; every 4 years up to 2002). Sponsors world and continental congresses.


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Consultative Status

United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (Ros C); World Health Organization (WHO) (Official Relations).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 2 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 12 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 116 countries
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Subjects *

  • Medicine
    • Cardiology

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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