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

180,000
people are living with heart disease

That's one in twenty one 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 1968

News & Stories

19 September 2019 in Media Releases

Heart disease risk underestimated by up to 60% in patients with mental illness

Heart disease is a major killer for people with mental illness and one Wellington doctor is trying to turn this around.

9 September 2019 in Blogs

Are nutrition claims on packaged foods misleading?

Do you struggle to choose ‘healthy’ products at the supermarket? You’re not alone. Find out the meaning of some common nutrition claims and what to look for on a food label.

2 September 2019 in Stories

Inspiring healthy change in the Pacific community

A Facebook ad for Pacific Heartbeat’s course, Certificate of Proficiency in Pacific Nutrition, caught the attention of Susie Nonoa while she was caring for her sick dad.