Heart Foundation (NZ)

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in New Zealand and includes heart, stroke and blood vessel disease. Men are more at risk of heart disease than women.

Heart disease at a glance

  • Heart disease, including heart, stroke and blood vessel disease, is New Zealand’s biggest killer, responsible for more than 6,000 deaths a year
  • 172,000 Kiwis are currently living with heart disease
  • Heart disease claims the life of more than one Kiwi every 90 minutes

Heart Attack Awareness – key messages

  • A heart attack is a life-threatening medical emergency, therefore, people need to be aware of the symptoms and call 111 immediately.
  • If you are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms, you could be having a heart attack: chest discomfort lasting 10 minutes or more; pain that spreads to the jaw, shoulders or back; excessive sweating; shortness of breath; and nausea.
  • Anyone who thinks they are having a heart attack should immediately stop what they are doing and call 111 for an ambulance or ask someone to do it for them. Don’t think you know more than trained health professionals do.
  • Any delay in calling an ambulance can increase the risk of death or permanent damage to the heart.

Researching for heart health

  • The Heart Foundation is New Zealand’s leading independent funder of heart research, having invested more than $57 million into research and specialist training for cardiologists since 1970.
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Diabetes New Zealand

Diabetes New Zealand is a charity that represents and supports people with diabetes. We’ve been around for over 50 years and have branches across the country with staff and volunteers who help people live well with diabetes.

National Depression Initiative

National Depression Initiative is part of a national public health campaign created to reduce the impact of depression on the lives of New Zealanders, as well as being a component of the New Zealand Government’s approach to suicide prevention.

The website aims to help New Zealanders recognise and understand depression. It encourages people to seek appropriate help and offers resources for health professionals treating people experiencing depression.

The Quit Group

Quitting smoking is hard work but you don’t have to do it alone. If you are thinking about quitting, are working to become a non-smoker, or you have relapsed – you will find support and information on this site and through the Quitline.

Phone 0800 778 778 if you would like to speak to a Quitline Advisor.

Beat Bowel Cancer Aotearoa

Beat Bowel Cancer are a nationwide, patient led organisation committed to reducing the impact of bowel cancer on our community through awareness, education and support. For further information or support visit the BBCA website or contact them via their email address: [email protected]

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in New Zealand men, with around  3,000 registrations each year and about 600 deaths from prostate cancer each year (based on the statistics from the Ministry of Health)

Men who develop prostate cancer are mostly over the age of 65. It rarely occurs in men younger than 55. About one in 13 men will develop prostate cancer before the age of 75. Some men are more at risk of getting prostate cancer than others, but the most important risk factor is ageing.

Men with a family history of prostate cancer have a higher risk; that is, if the father, an uncle or a brother has had prostate cancer.

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