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European Heart Failure Awareness Day

29 September, 2015

Heart Failure Awareness Day is held in May every year. It was established as a result of the combined efforts of national societies for heart failure across Europe, and aims to raise awareness of heart failure including symptoms, the importance of early and accurate diagnosis, and the need for optimal management.1

In 2010, the European Society for Cardiology (ESC) marked the first Heart Failure Awareness Day. All countries may participate and are encouraged to host awareness campaigns and activities such as public lectures about heart failure, ‘open house’ events at hospitals and heart failure clinics, panel debates and the distribution of information via traditional and social media. The ESC provides promotional materials such as posters and leaflets to support countries in raising awareness of heart failure.

Among the participating countries, an award is usually given to a leading organisation or programme which is judged to have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the event. In addition, five national heart failure societies are awarded a prize of €5,000 from the ESC Heart Failure Association in recognition of their achievements.

Links, references and key reading

  1. European Society of Cardiology. European Heart Failure Awareness Day Secondary European Heart Failure Awareness Day 2015.
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