Our mission: to stop all people in New Zealand dying prematurely from heart disease and enable people with heart disease to live full lives

186,000
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]

$70m
Amount the Heart Foundation has donated to research since 1967

News & Stories

30 April 2019 in Media Releases

Fellowship has two-fold benefit for New Zealanders’ heart health

Dr Ben Wilkins’ Heart Foundation overseas fellowship has a two-fold benefit – he will return home with new skills and a greater understanding of valve procedure research, both of which will help improve the heart health of New Zealanders.

13 May 2019 in Blogs

It’s ok to ask, ‘Is it my heart?’

This May – Women’s Health Month – we’re urging all women in New Zealand to look after their hearts. Ask your doctor about heart health and take time to reduce your chances of heart disease.

30 April 2019 in Stories

Exercising for heart health

Heidi Harty-Eugster’s ten-year-old daughter Coco ran alongside her mum at the Jennian Mother’s Day Run/Walk event in Christchurch on Sunday 12 May, as the pair helped to raise awareness about women’s heart health.