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Heart Heroes

Cardiologists, healthcare professionals, policymakers, patients and their family members and friends are the heroes among us - battling, treating and beating heart disease.
Read unique stories of people and teams dedicated and committed to improving cardiac health and reducing cardiovascular disease (CVD).
If you’d like to nominate a Heart Hero or are a Heart Hero yourself and would like to share your story, please contact [email protected].

Agathe Dugleux

Diagnosed with atrial tachycardia

France / Switzerland

Faye and her husband Brad

Living with hereditary ATTR-CM

United States

Mojisola Atanmuyide

Mother of three living with heart failure

London, United Kingdom

Dr Wael Al Mahmeed

Staff Physician in the Heart and Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi

Dr Matias Nordaby

Associate Medical Head for Heart Failure at Boehringer Ingelheim


Dr. Luis Moya Jiménez

Founder and President of the Colombian League against Heart Disease and Hypertension


Alejandro Asprella

Diagnosed with high cholesterol and hypertension


Marlene Oliveira

President of Instituto Lado a Lado pela Vida


Koenraad Verhagen

Diagnosed with amyloidosis

Nominated by the Amyloidosis Alliance

Dr John Pasternak

Nominated by Pfizer Rare Disease

Shirley Ingram

Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) Cardiology at Tallaght University Hospital


Rita Akiki

Heart Failure Nurse and Educator, Aboujaoudé Hospital, Jal el dib

Chris Rylands

Chris had Kawasaki Disease as a child which left him with severe heart damage for life

Dr Martina Brückmann

Global Medical Head of late-stage Clinical Development Cardio-Metabolism & Respiratory at Boehringer Ingelheim

Dr Rasha Al-Lamee

Northwest London Cardiovascular Speciality Lead for the UK’s National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Dr Ricardo Quiroga Siles

Cardiologist, Ex Vice-President and current member of the Bolivian Society of Cardiology (Sociedad Paceña y Boliviana de Cardiología)

Dr Giuseppe Ciancamerla

President of Conacuore Association

Prof Yong Huo

Chairman of World Association of Chinese Cardiologists

Anthony King

Stroke survivor living with Atrial Fibrillation, former Mental Health Therapist.

Brenda Cooperstone

Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Rare Disease. Nominated by Pfizer Rare Disease


Nominated by Pfizer Rare Disease

Professor Dr Prakash Raj Regmi

General Secretary, Programme Director and Past President of the Nepal Heart Foundation.

Dr Chuichi Kawai

Emeritus Professor of Kyoto University. Past President of the World Heart Federation.

Dr Kapil Parakh

Practicing cardiologist and Medical Lead of Google Fit

Dr Boris Cibic

Vice-president of the Slovenian Heart Foundation

Polybio Serra e Silva

MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine at the University of Coimbra and President of the Scientific Board of the Portuguese Heart Foundation

Susan Lucci

Actress and heart disease survivor

Dr Sidney Smith

American Heart Association Past President, World Heart Federation Past President and volunteer medical expert

Dr Daniel Piskorz


Dr Adolfo Vera


Dr Antonio Coca


Anne Safran Dalin

Heart attack survivor living with diabetes

Weam Mesha’l

Nurse, Swelieh Al Shamil Health Center, Jordan

Dr Manar Moqattash

Dentists and Head Manager, Swelieh Al Shamil Health Center, Jordan

Manal Mahmoud Al-Masri

45-year-old mother of six children

Second Year Undergraduate Students: “The Incredible Yuva”

Sir Parashurambhau College (SP College), Pune

Sheshadripuram Degree College

Sheshadripuram Degree College, Bengaluru, India

Dr Michael Mark

Head of Global CardioMetabolic Diseases Research Department, Boehringer Ingelheim

Rajeswari Govender

Logistic Clerk.

Dr Ali Shafeeq

Senior Consultant in Cardiology and Head of Department, National Cardiac Center at the Tertiary Referral Center (Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital)

Joseph Jamenya

Journalist, Star newspaper, Kenya

Joe Moscato

Technical Writer, Philips, USA

Migdalia Denis

Independent senior consultant specializing in strategic planning, evaluation, advocacy and communications. Speaker and Life Coach.

Dr Mike Omeri, OFR

Former Director General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Nigeria, and Founder of Timbuktoo Media Solutions

Prof Pamela Naidoo

CEO Heart & Stroke Foundation South Africa

Dr Enrique Melgarejo

Past- President Colombian Society of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery

Dr Regina Dalmau

President of the CNPT (Comité Nacional para la Prevención del Tabaquismo)

Dr Stella Bialous

Associate Professor in Residence, Social and Behavioral Sciences, School of Nursing, University of California San Francisco