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The Heart Foundation of Jamaica was established in 1971 by The Lions Club of Kingston in an effort to minimize the incidence of death from heart disease in Jamaica. The Foundations main focus was to raise funds for assisting the intensive care unit and cardiac surgery at the University Hospital of the West Indies. With the increasing cost of purchasing medical supplies and growing recognition internationally and locally that prevention was the most cost effective and beneficial way to approach health care, the objective was shifted to one of prevention.