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 [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]

The Heart Foundation has invested into research since 1968

Image of Maori man with his hand holding his chest and an expression of pain on his face.

Make the right call


If you or someone else experience
the symptoms of a heart attack,
make the right call.

Call 111 immediately.


Learn about heart attack warning signs

News & Stories

16 May 2022 in Media Releases

The Heart Foundation launches new Big Heart Charity Lottery

A new online lottery is launched by the Heart Foundation today. The Big Heart Charity Lottery has a total prize pool of $500,000 cash, with proceeds going towards life-saving heart research.

22 June 2022 in Blogs

Warfarin and your diet

If you or your loved one is taking warfarin, follow our advice to help you know what’s safe to eat and drink. Remember to tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you make any big changes to your usual diet.

2 June 2022 in Stories

Walking against the odds for the Heart Foundation

Lee Russell has lived an amazing life full of worldly experiences, but nothing could have prepared him for a heart attack in August 2020.