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General heart statistics in New Zealand

people are living with heart disease

That's more than one in 23 adults [1]

1 in 3
Almost 1 in 3 deaths in NZ are caused by cardiovascular disease

It is the leading cause of death in New Zealand and includes heart, stroke and blood vessel disease [2]

90 mins
Every 90 minutes a New Zealander dies from heart disease

Many of these deaths are premature and preventable [2]

people die from smoking or second hand exposure each year

This equates to around 12 people a day dying from smoking [3]

Women's heart disease

No. 1
Cardiovascular disease is the no. 1 killer of women globally

But it is often thought to be a 'male' problem [4]

Women who smoke are three times as likely to have a heart attack

Compared to women who don't smoke [5]

Over 2,800 women died from heart disease in New Zealand in 2018

That's almost 8 women a day, or about 55 each week [2]

Heart disease kills twice as many women in New Zealand

than any other single cause.[2]