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

9 November 2017 in Media Releases

Study to review treadmill testing at Christchurch Hospital

The Heart Foundation has announced a $148,000 grant to fund an exercise stress (treadmill) testing review at Christchurch Hospital, which researchers believe will reduce overcrowding at emergency and cardiology departments.

20 November 2017 in Blogs

Celebrating ten years of salt reduction

This year is an important milestone for the Heart Foundation. Ten years ago, we began working with food companies to reduce the amount of sodium in bread.

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.