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Heart Foundation

The Heart Foundation is a charity dedicated to fighting Australia’s biggest killer, heart disease.

Right now, 580,000 Australians are living with heart disease and each year, more than 57,000 Australians experience a heart attack.

For more than 60 years, the organisation has led the battle to save lives and improve the heart health of all Australians. The Heart Foundation invests in world-class cardiovascular research and works to improve heart disease prevention and care.

The Heart Foundation relies on donations and gifts in wills to continue its work in research, education and health promotion.

Mission and vision

The Heart Foundation fights for an Australia free of heart disease. The organisation’s work focuses on prevention, support and research to improve the heart health and quality of life of all Australians.

How the Heart Foundation can help

The Heart Foundation fights for all Australian hearts by:

  • delivering support for people living with heart disease
  • funding life-saving heart research
  • guiding health professionals on preventing and treating heart disease
  • providing access to resources and education materials about making heart-healthy choices
  • advocating to government and industry to improve heart heatlh in Australia


People can call to speak with a qualified health professional and access free, personalised information and support across living with heart disease, reducing heart disease risk, caring for someone with heart disease and more.

Call 131112 Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm AEST

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Last reviewed: January 2020

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Fats, Oils and Heart Health | The Heart Foundation 

Did you know that eating healthy fats and oils can be good for your heart? Learn which fats to eat more and less of, with tips for a balanced diet. 

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Sharon’s Heart Story | Case Studies | Heart Foundation 

Fit, active and healthy, Sharon wasn’t expecting a heart attack. However, after experiencing a ‘widow maker’, she counts herself lucky. Read Sharon’s story.

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David’s Heart Story | Case Studies | Heart Foundation 

Being diagnosed with heart failure came as a shock for 43-year-old David. With things now in perspective, he leads a heart healthy lifestyle. Read more.

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Boyd’s Heart Story | Case Studies | Heart Foundation

A lifelong runner, Boyd Fraser’s atrial fibrillation impacted his whole outlook on life. Thankfully, he’s now back on the track. Discover Boyd’s story now.

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Physical activity blueprint | The Heart Foundation

Australians don’t exercise enough, with far-reaching implications. The Heart Foundation’s Blueprint for an active Australia is designed to get people moving.

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Keeping your heart healthy | The Heart Foundation 

Learn why keeping your heart healthy is so important and get practical tips on living a heart healthy lifestyle. Read simple ways to protect your heart now.

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What is cardiac arrest | The Heart Foundation

Discover what cardiac arrest is, what causes it and what you can do if someone has a cardiac arrest – read more now. In an emergency, call 000 immediately.

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Smoking and your heart I Heart Foundation

Smoking affects the vessels that supply blood to your heart and other parts of your body. It reduces the amount of oxygen in your blood and damages blood vessel walls.

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What is a heart health check | The Heart Foundation

Heart Health Checks can detect issues with your heart health. Coronary heart disease is usually the underlying cause of a heart attack, which is Australia’s number one cause of death

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Heart attack recovery – first month | The Heart Foundation

A heart attack can be a life-changing event. Find out what to expect from your recovery in the first month after your heart attack. Read our guide.

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