Our mission: to stop all people in New Zealand dying prematurely from heart disease and enable people with heart disease to live full lives

186,000
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]

$70m
Amount the Heart Foundation has donated to research since 1967

News & Stories

10 January 2019 in Media Releases

Vector Lights shine red for Heart Foundation’s Big Heart Appeal

Vector Lights on the Auckland Harbour Bridge will shine red on Thursday 21 February and Friday 22 February 2019 in recognition of the more than 186,000 people living with heart disease in New Zealand.

11 January 2019 in Blogs

Is vaping safer than smoking?

Smoke-free and vape-free is the best option for heart health. If you don’t smoke, don’t start vaping. For people who already smoke tobacco, vaping may be a helpful stepping stone on the road to giving up. The ASH team explain why.

19 November 2018 in Stories

Top European award for Heart Foundation researcher

Heart failure nurse Dr. Simone Inkrot has just received a European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Nursing and Allied Professions Investigator Award at the ESC Congress in Munich.