Our mission: to STOP New Zealanders dying prematurely of heart disease and HELP people with heart disease to live full and productive lives

169,000
people are living with heart disease

That's one in twenty adults [2]

33%
of deaths annually are caused by cardiovascular disease

It is the leading cause of death in New Zealand and includes heart, stroke and blood vessel disease [1]

90 mins
Every 90 minutes a New Zealander dies from heart disease

Many of these deaths are premature and preventable [1]

$57m
Amount the Heart Foundation has donated to research since 1967

Recent News & Stories

11 October 2016 in Blogs

After a four week trial, is paleo the way to go?

For the past month, seven dietitians and nutritionists in the Heart Foundation have switched to a paleo way of eating, to gain personal knowledge of the approach. So, how did the experts fare and did the wheels fall off?

15 November 2016 in Stories

Texting to help manage heart disease

You're helping us to fund innovation research that uses text messages to manage heart disease.

29 September 2016 in Stories

Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae’s Heart Story

To mark World Heart Day this year, the Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae took time as he prepared to leave his post as Governor General last month, to share his heart disease story. Hear Sir Jerry share his own account, from surgery to his remarkable recovery.