Heart Health – Cardiovascular Disease

Primary Health Care

Health services in general and primary care in particular, should enable the majority of their eligible population to be assessed and managed according to best practice cardiovascular disease management practices and improve access to cardiac rehabilitation.


Cardiovascular disease is largely preventable and is associated with large inequalities. Early detection and management of risk factors can lead to a reduction in sickness and premature death.

In New Zealand 38% of all deaths are attributable to Cardiovascular Disease and deaths in Maori are up to four times higher than Pakeha. It has been estimated that CHD accounts for 33% of life years lost between 45 and 64 years of age.

We support the early detection of heart disease by increasing public engagement and awareness of heart health. This is an important step towards preventing premature death.

This can be achieved through the promotion of ‘Know Your Numbers’, chest pain awareness campaigns, and participating in cardiac rehabilitation where appropriate.

You can find out more at Manaaki Manawa Kaupapa Maori Cardic Rehabilitation

Where to find services:

Cardiovascular Risk Assessments:

Go to your GP and ask for a CVD Risk Assessment , find out your heart health status/ ‘Know your numbers’

After a Heart Attack – Cardiovascular Rehabilitation

Once returning home from hospital, go back to your GP and ask them for a referral to the following Cardiac Rehab services if they are close to you.


More information can be found at the Heart Foundation of New Zealand  website