World Heart Day 


Heart disease continues to be a major cause of death worldwide, claiming more than 17.3 million lives each year, according to the World Heart Federation. Globally, nurses and nursing organizations play a key role in research, practice, policy and advocacy initiatives designed to promote cardiovascular disease prevention worldwide. In efforts to support the World Heart Federation's World Heart Day, PCNA is calling attention to the important work nurses are doing in heart disease prevention around the world.

Here are their stories.

Dr. Patricia Davidson, RN, BA, MEd, PhD

Sydney, Australia

Dr. Patricia Davidson RN, BA, MEd, PhD is a Professor of Cardiovascular and Chronic Care in the School of  Nursing and Midwifery at Curtin University of Technology and Director of the Cardiovascular and Chronic Care Centre in Sydney, Australia.


Christi Deaton, PhD, RN, FESC, FAHA

Manchester, United Kingdom

Dr. Christi Deaton holds a joint post as Professor of Nursing at the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work, and Central Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT).  She leads the cardiovascular disease and diabetes research team at the School and is engaged in teaching and supervising MPhil/PhD students in Manchester, UK.

Maria Lira, RN, FPCNA

Santiago, Chile

Maria Teresa Lira works in the Cardiovascular Department of Clinica Las Condes and in Hospital FACH in Santiago, Chile. 


Jacqueline Hunt

Eastbourne, East Sussex, United Kingdom

Jacqui Hunt is a Heart Failure & Device Specialist Nurse at Eastbourne District General Hospital in Eastbourne, UK. She is the President Elect of the British Association for Nursing in Cardiovascular Care (BANCC).

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Learn more about world heart day, world heart disease and prevention:

World Health Organization

WHO: The Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke

World Heart Federation