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Our Mission

The Hope Heart Institute is committed to serving humanity through cardiovascular research and education.  We are dedicated to preventing and treating heart and blood vessel disease, and to improving the physical, emotional and spiritual quality of life for all at risk of – or affected by – cardiovascular disease.

Who We Are / What We Do

Every 40 seconds an American dies from heart disease, stroke or other cardiovascular diseases, making it the #1 killer in America.  Heart disease and stroke take more lives than all forms of cancer combined and cost the US $314 billion a year in healthcare services and medications. But cardiovascular disease is not a number…it is our parents, husbands, wives and children. People who need someone to fight for them and educate them on the ways to reduce the risk of heart disease. The Hope Heart Institute is that gladiator…committed to standing alongside our community to beat cardiovascular disease!

We gather our inspiration from our founder Dr. Lester Sauvage, who was more than a premier cardiac surgeon and pioneer of bypass surgery.  For him, fighting heart disease was all about the people.  He would pick patients up at the airport and sit bedside feeding them jello. His compassionate approach to heart disease is the foundation of Hope Heart.

    • The Hope delivers research, education and hope to those in the Northwest who are at risk or have been impacted by cardiovascular disease, the #1 cause of death in America.  With a focus on risk-reduction and prevention through nutrition, exercise and wellness education, Hope Heart makes heart disease more beatable, treatable and preventable.


    • The Hope, founded by renowned cardiovascular surgeon, Dr. Sauvage, has a 55-year history of revolutionary medical advances and continues to fund research and scientists in the Northwest who are looking at the cause and cure of cardiovascular disease and ways to reduce risk and improve the quality of life of those affected by heart disease.


    • The Hope, is a leader in community heart health education and provides information and tools to tens of thousands of at-risk and medically under-served individuals each year through our Take Heart education series and innovative K-12 educational curricula.  Learn more about our Take Heart programs.