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

11 December 2017 in Media Releases

Heart Foundation volunteer retires from 21 years of service

One of the Heart Foundation’s longest-serving volunteers was recently farewelled from a lifetime of dedication to people with heart disease in the Waikato.

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.