The Canadian Women's Heart Health Alliance (CWHHA) is a volunteer network of experts and advocates aiming to improve women's cardiovascular health across the lifespan. 

CWHHA is recognized as Canada’s cardiovascular health hub for women.

Pan-Canadian network of cardiovascular health experts and advocates among ten virtual hubs receiving significant investment from CIHR - $840K over 4 years.

Funding will enable the CWHHA cardiovascular health hub to leverage existing infrastructure to:

  1. Implement new and scale existing evidence-based strategies to improve awareness, prevention, detection, and management of cardiovascular disease in women;
  2. Maximize research impact by developing a new research arm of the CWHHA;
  3. Build capacity for the next generation of health researchers by enhancing education, training, and mentorship opportunities;
  4. Engage underserved populations to identify gaps and opportunities for future research and innovative interventions in women’s cardiovascular health. 

For details about the National Women’s Health Research Initiative for the Pan-Canadian Women’s Health Coalition – Hubs, read the official news release.

University of Ottawa Heart Institute news release

Heart disease is on the rise and is the leading cause of death for women worldwide. 
Start the conversation about why #HerHeartMatters. 


Featured Initiatives

Wear Red Canada

Wear Red Canada - February 13

Wear Red Canada is celebrated annually across Canada on February 13th to raise awareness about women’s heart health.

Events are held across the country to encourage everyone to be proactive in the management of our heart health.

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Recognize the symptoms

Cardiology Residency Training Program

A 3-year pilot program on the development and implementation of a formal women’s cardiovascular health and cardio-obstetrics curriculum. 

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Types of heart disease


A living document on the current state of heart disease in women in Canada.

Just Released:
Chapter 9 - Next Steps, Recommendations, Challenges and Opportunities and Conclusions

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Chest Pain in the ER

Chest Pain in Women in the Emergency Department

A point-of-care emergency clinical summary has been created for Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS) in women.

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Canadian Women's Peer Support Heart Hub

Women’s Peer Support Heart Hub

The purpose of the Canadian Women’s Peer Support Heart Hub is to connect women with peer support that is right for them.

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e-Course and Toolkit

Women's Heart Health
e-Course and Toolkit

To address the need to increase awareness and knowledge regarding heart disease in women, 9 educational modules have been created.

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Sex, Gender, and Cardiovascular Health in Canada.

Sex and gender are complementary concepts, but they are not interchangeable. Sex relates to biology, such as hormones and chromosomes, while gender relates to our lived experiences and how we move through the world.

The CWHHA recognizes and understands sex and gender differences as they impact how individuals seek knowledge and cardiovascular care, as well as clinical best practices used to diagnose and treat individuals with cardiovascular presentations in Canada.

We understand that health is shaped by many different and intersecting factors, including sex (e.g., female, male, intersex), sexual orientation (e.g., straight, LGBTQ+), gender identity (e.g., cis-woman, trans, and non-binary), race, ethnicity, indigeneity, immigration status, education, income, culture, geography (e.g., urban, rural), etc. We focus on an intersectional approach to understand and address cardiovascular health in Canada and welcome the experiences and needs of all individuals who identify as a cis-woman, genderqueer, genderfluid, gender neutral, Two-Spirit, non-binary, bigender, agender, or transgender individual (she, her, they).