Heart Stroke Foundation of Canada

Invests in pan-Canadian national heart failure research 

eAwaz Health

Ottawa – Through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Government of Canada promotes the creation of new knowledge by supporting various areas of research and advances its translation into improved health for Canadians.

To tackle the challenge of heart failure in Canada, Adam van Koeverden, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health, announced today, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, funding of $5 million to support a new national research network that will focus on improving the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and care of heart failure across the country.

Heart failure (HF) is a chronic condition where the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s circulatory and respiratory needs. More than 750,000 people live with HF in Canada, with an estimated 100,000 new cases every year. Heart failure often occurs following a heart attack, from viral and bacterial infections, as a side effect to medications, or from other causes that weaken the heart muscle.

The network, called the Canadian Heart Function Alliance, will be led by Dr Jean Rouleau at the Montreal Heart Institute. It brings together 100 researchers from across Canada who will strive to halt the progression of HF and understand the mechanisms involved in improving the lives of Canadians at all ages living with HF and other heart conditions. The network also includes Indigenous-led research that will focus on priorities identified by Indigenous leaders and Elders, as well as First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples with lived HF experience.

The network will be grounded in a partnership involving patients and caregivers, health professionals, and health care system experts. In addition to promoting evidence-based care for patients and improving their quality of life, the network will also study ways to better integrate caregivers and technology into the recovery process and expand hospitals’ capacity to provide care from start to finish.

The Government of Canada is supporting this initiative through CIHR in partnership with the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, Mitacs, and the National Institute of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

“As a leading cause of chronic illness and death in Canada, heart failure is a condition that  affects at least 750,000 Canadians and that requires renewed research and treatment plans. This funding will support an extraordinary team of over 100 health researchers who will improve the quality of life for Canadians suffering from heart failure.” – Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health