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

3 May 2021 in Media Releases

Heart Foundation urges women to look after their heart health

This May the Heart Foundation is urging New Zealand women to look after their heart health. More than 50 women in New Zealand die each week of heart disease, making it the single biggest cause of death for women in Aotearoa.

11 May 2021 in Blogs

Dietary supplements and heart health

From co-enzyme Q10 to plant sterols, can dietary supplements benefit your heart health? We explore the evidence.

30 April 2021 in Stories

Heart attack sparks a new attitude to life

When Chess suffered a heart attack in 2015, she struggled with denial and anger, but now, years later she lives life with renewed vigour.