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

170,000
people are living with heart disease

That's more than one in 23 adults [2]

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 [1]

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

Many of these deaths are premature and preventable [1]

$78m
Amount the Heart Foundation has donated to research since 1968

News & Stories

16 July 2021 in Media Releases

Heart Foundation advises the more we sit, the higher our risk of heart disease

With many people now able to work from home more often, New Zealanders are sitting more and moving less, putting them at greater risk of heart disease according to new advice from the Heart Foundation.

25 June 2021 in Blogs

What is the Mediterranean diet?

The Mediterranean diet is often said to be one of the healthiest. But does it live up to its good reputation and is it good for your heart? We look at the foods you can eat on the diet, and the overall benefits.

25 June 2021 in Stories

Overseas Training Fellowship key step in stellar career

Following the CSANZ Annual Scientific Meeting in June, we spoke with keynote speaker Associate Professor Gerard Wilkins to learn more about his history with the Heart Foundation.