The National Heart Foundation of Australia (known as the Heart Foundation) is a charity established in 1959. Its stated vision is for Australians to have the best cardiovascular health in the world and its mission is to reduce suffering and death from heart, stroke and blood vessel disease in Australia. Its activities have been funding cardiovascular research, supporting health professionals in their practice, developing health promotion activities, informing and educating the public, and assisting people with cardiovascular disease.
The Heart Foundation claims its work has helped to reduce the number of deaths from cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) accounted for nearly 34 per cent of all deaths in 2008. This translates to one person dying from CVD on average every 11 minutes. Heart disease is the leading single cause of death with more than 23,600 Australian lives lost to the disease in 2008.
The Heart Foundation has offices in each state and territory.