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

people are living with heart disease

That's more than one in 23 adults [1]

1 in 3
Almost 1 in 3 deaths in NZ are caused by cardiovascular disease

It is the leading cause of death in New Zealand and includes heart, stroke and blood vessel disease [2]

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

Many of these deaths are premature and preventable [2]

The Heart Foundation has invested into research since 1968

News & Stories

14 March 2023 in Blogs

How does sleep affect your heart?

Many studies have linked poor sleep to an increased risk of heart disease. We look at how sleep can affect your heart health and tips to help you get a good night's sleep.

16 March 2023 in Stories

Female researcher has patients’ best interests at heart

According to a recent report, one-third of researchers worldwide are female. One such researcher from New Zealand is paving the way for other women to enter the field of science and research.

7 February 2023 in Stories

“I was the youngest person on the cardiology ward by 30 years!”

At just 35 years old, Tanya's busy life as a mother of two little boys was turned upside down by some seriously worrying symptoms. Her heart was beating much faster than it should have been and often palpitating out of time.