How your donation helps

Cardiovascular disease kills more New Zealanders than any other illness. At the Heart Research Institute, our mission is to improve health by understanding the causes and complications of cardiovascular diseases. 

And we couldn't do it without you. 

Your donation allows us to continue our groundbreaking work to prevent, detect and treat cardiovascular disease. It provides us with an independent source of funding in an unpredictable funding environment. It brings our scientists closer to understanding the causes of cardiovascular disease. 

Put simply, your donations allows great science to flourish

Help fund vital research into heart disease

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Prevention

90 per cent of Australians have one modifiable risk factor for heart disease. We're investing in a future free from cardiovascular disease. 

Detection

Cardiovascular disease affects 2 in 3 families and tears families apart. Early detection can mean the difference between life and death. 

Treatment

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in Australia, killing 125 people every day. Today's research is tomorrow's cure. 

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Exercise more in 2018 – it really is good for your heart

With 2018 stretching out before us, shining with promise, many of us have made resolutions to be more active. 

But people also give many reasons for not exercising: That there’s “not enough time,” or there’s a lack of facilities or “it’s just easier to sit and watch TV.” Recent media coverage of new research studies has added to this list of excuses, through headlines such as: “Excessive exercise may harm the heart.”

Is this really the case? Could exercise be bad for your heart? Is there such a thing as too much exercise?

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New drug hope to target silent killer

An exciting new treatment for very high blood pressure is on the horizon after a world-first discovery by Heart Research Institute scientists, who have uncovered a brain chemical instrumental in triggering hypertension, the so-called silent killer responsible for the deaths of thousands of Australians each year.

The researchers are optimistic the results, published this week in the American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology, will ultimately lead to a powerful new treatment that blocks a neurotransmitter and frees patients from the dangers of hypertension. 

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