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

172,000
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

News & Stories

12 July 2017 in Media Releases

Regular walks reduce office workers’ blood lipids

Many people spend increasing time sitting during their work days, but breaking things up with regular brisk walks, and taking daily 30-minute walks, significantly lowers levels of fatty acids that lead to clogged arteries, according to University of Otago research.

13 April 2017 in Blogs

Has 5 a day become 10 a day?

New research has been released on the benefits of eating 10 serves of fruit and veges every day. Our nutrition experts share their real-life experience of the 10+ a day challenge and we share our five top tips to get 10+ a day into your day.

30 May 2017 in Stories

‘Just plain tough’

This Kiwi mum remains positive despite her unpredictable heart condition, atrial fibrillation but she says some days are "just plain tough".