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VISION and MISSION

Our Vision:

To promote cardiovascular health through advocacy, influencing policy, providing information, tools, and support which will:

  1. Empower people to adopt healthy lifestyles and seek appropriate care early in the manifestation of the disease.

  2. Assist in making healthier choices easy.

Our Mission:

To halt the rise of premature Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) in people in South Africa. And to see more people adopt healthy lifestyles in South Africa.

Our Objectives:

  • Provide information and support to build healthy communities
  • Advocate at all levels to minimise South Africans’ risk of developing heart disease and stroke
  • Support research for improved tools and methods of CVD prevention

We are members of:

  • World Heart Federation
  • World Stroke Organisation
  • African Heart Network
  • South African Heart Association

Key Messages:

  • Heart disease and stroke are the second-biggest killers in South Africa, second only to HIV/AIDS. 
  • At least 80% of early deaths caused by heart disease and stroke can be avoided by following a healthy diet, regular physical activity, and avoidance of tobacco use.
  • Cardiovascular disease remains the leading killer worldwide, and yet 80% of these deaths are preventable.