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

$65m
Amount the Heart Foundation has donated to research since 1967

News & Stories

26 February 2018 in Media Releases

NZ-led heart failure findings debunk world medical view

Thousands of New Zealanders can look forward to improvements in treatment and care of heart failure following new research findings that look set to alter the clinical approach and health care planning for heart failure globally.

12 April 2018 in Blogs

Should I switch to a plant-based diet?

You may have heard of the health and environmental benefits of eating a plant-based diet and wondered – is this the right eating pattern for me?

9 April 2018 in Stories

Can ‘junk’ DNA help diagnose heart disease?

Dr Sarah Appleby describes research into new biomarkers that indicate the presence of heart disease as “turning over rocks to see what is underneath – sometimes there’s nothing but every now and then there is something.”