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

1 March 2017 in Blogs

Salt the forgotten killer

In the age of sugar dominating news headlines - salt is now being described as the forgotten killer by many health organisations.

7 March 2017 in Stories

Paramedics have heart attacks too

Wayne Giles is professionally trained to recognise a heart attack, yet when he had one himself, he initially thought it was a pulled muscle.

20 March 2017 in Stories

‘We lost you Tony, you’re back now’

When Rotorua bus driver Tony Karaka woke one morning in 2014 with a tight chest and short of breath, he never considered he could be having a heart attack. At just 42, he thought he was way too young.