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

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]

The Heart Foundation has invested into research since 1968

News & Stories

21 February 2024 in Media Releases

Big Heart Appeal highlights rising heart issues in younger generation

The Heart Foundation’s single biggest annual fundraiser of the year, the Big Heart Appeal, is back this month with a strong message – help us to save lives through life-saving heart research.

16 February 2024 in Stories

Football Fern joins Big Heart Appeal to raise awareness of heart disease

New Zealand footballer Paige Satchell, currently playing for professional club London City Lionesses, is one of a younger generation of Kiwis suffering from heart disease. This February she’s joining the call for Kiwis to get their hearts checked and to donate to the Big Heart Appeal to fund heart research.

23 January 2024 in Stories

Juggling life, work and unexpected cardiac events

For Natalie, a young wife, mother and nurse, a cardiac event happened on what seemed like an ordinary evening. But her nursing background immediately sounded internal alarms and she knew she was experiencing something out of the ordinary.