Welcome to the International Council of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (ICCPR)

We are pleased to welcome you to our website dedicated to the international promotion of cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation. It is the intent of this website to provide a global platform for various international agencies dedicated to cardiovascular disease prevention and treatment. On behalf of the International Council of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (ICCPR) we look forward to providing unparalleled access to leading organizations and related resources for cardiovascular disease prevention and treatment.

The ICCPR will consider the posting of promotions for education or research services or positions, respectively, if they can prove to be directly related to the aims outlined in the ICCPR Charter. Please click here to download our policy on the subject.


ICCPR is an Associate International Member of the World Heart Federation.

ICCPR is incorporated under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act. See certificate by clicking here.



ICCPR is now part of the EAPC Global Network.
The EAPC Global Network is a precious resource for organisations involved in the promotion of excellence in research, practice, education and policy in cardiovascular health, primary and secondary prevention on a global scale. The aim is to facilitate international collaboration; the network is open to scientific societies active in the field of preventive cardiology. You can find more information about this group clicking here.

eLetter: “Cardiac Rehabilitation Effectiveness? A commentary from the International Council of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation” .
On March 22, 2018 ICCPR Executive Committee leaded by former president John Buckley submitted an eLetter in response to the article Powell et al. published in the January 2018 issue of BMJ Open. This was a well-performed systematic review/meta-analyses, which pointedly challenges the effectiveness of cardiac rehabilitation. ICCPR’s commentary can be find here.

ICCPR launches ICCPR Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Foundations Certification (ICCPR CRFC) .
On September 29, 2017 ICCPR launched the ICCPR CRFC program. The goal of this certification program is to increase capacity for CR delivery around the globe. This course educates students and practitioners on how to deliver all the core CR components, in accordance with ICCPR’s consensus statement on CR delivery in low-resource settings. Upon completion of the certification program, graduates will be equipped with the knowledge to deliver basic preventive and rehabilitation services for cardiovascular disease. For more information click here.

ICCPR publishes a paper on Advocacy for outpatient cardiac rehabilitation globally.
In September 2016, an ICCPR team led by Dr. Abraham Babu published these guidelines, which will help countries across the world lead advocacy campaigns to have cardiac rehabilitation services included as part of their healthcare. Click here for the full version of the article: Click here for supplementary information on 4 advocacy success stories in different regions of the world.

ICCPR publishes guidelines for cardiac rehabilitation in low resource settings.
In May, 2016, a team of researchers led by Dr. Sherry Grace, published these guidelines in the prestigious journal, “Heart”, of BMJ. This statement is endorsed by the leading cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation societies, across the world. Click here for the full version of the article:  (Click here for the official press release)

The 2016 WHO Prize for Control of Cancer awarded to Dr Nizal Sarrafzadegan.
Dr. Nizal Sarrafzadegan (Professor of Medicine/Cardiology and Director of Isfahan Cardiovascular Research Institute), who is one of our foremost members of the ICCPR has been awarded the 2016 WHO Prize for Control of Cancer, Cardiovascular Diseases and Diabetes in the EMR.