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About NHF

Why was National Heart Forum created?

The National Heart Forum (NHF) was established in 1984 following the recommendation of a group of 80 scientists, medical practitioners and lay representatives for the establishment of an "active authoritative body at the national level to speak out for policies directed at the prevention of coronary heart disease" and to maximise the contributions of not-for-profit sector organisations.

The purpose of the organisation is to coordinate and represent over 50 organisations representing professional, consumer, charity and public services throughout the UK.

NHF driving the prevention agenda

At the time that the NHF was established, coronary heart disease was not a priority for the government or the National Health Service. Since its launch, the NHF has been instrumental in driving the national coronary heart disease prevention policy agenda, developing consensus and evidence-based recommendations for action across a diverse range of issues and settings and co-ordinating advocacy for their implementation. The prevention and treatment of coronary heart disease is now one of four government health priorities.

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