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

19 January 2018 in Media Releases

Waikato cardiologist off to New York with Heart Foundation grant

A $100,000 Heart Foundation training grant means Waikato cardiologist Mariusz Wolbinski is off to the Big Apple for world-leading cardiology training at New York’s Columbia University in 2018.

20 December 2017 in Blogs

Five ways volunteering makes you happy

Did you know that volunteering for a great cause like the Heart Foundation can increase your happiness? Doing good, quite simply, makes you feel good.

9 November 2017 in Stories

Tight throat and breathlessness signal heart trouble

Kaye Burling had just completed a stand-up paddle board course in her hometown of Rotorua when she noticed a reoccurring tightness in her throat suddenly worsen.