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Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae’s Heart Story

To mark World Heart Day this year, the Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae took time as he prepared to leave his post as Governor General last month, to share his heart disease story.

Watch this video and hear Sir Jerry share his own account, from surgery to his remarkable recovery.

Sir Jerry strongly encourages New Zealanders to manage their heart health through regular heart health checks and looking after their lifestyles with regular exercise and a healthy diet.

Sir Jerry’s cardiologist, Malcolm Abernethy, was awarded a Heart Foundation Fellowship in the United Stated over 25 years ago.

The Heart Foundation is New Zealand’s leading independent funder of heart research, investing more than $57 million into life-saving research and cardiology training since 1970.

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