Cardiovascular Disease



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.

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.

Manaaki Manawa Ngati Hine, Kawakawa : Ph 09 404 1551

Coordinator of Clinical Services : Koha Aperehama

Cardiac Nurse : Judy Hamilton / Ruth Shortland


Manaaki Manawa – Te Hiku Hauora : Ph 09 408 4024

Coordinator of Clinical Services : Ange Keung

Cardiac Nurse:


Hauora Hokianga – Rawene  : Ph 09 405 7709

Nurse Practitioner: Catherine Beasely


If you are not close to these services you can ask your GP services about ‘Kia Ora Vision’ a Nurse will be able to help you point you in the right direction .


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.


Priority objectives for the Heart Foundation 2011-12

  1. All adult New Zealanders are aware of their heart health risk and are encouraged to visit the ‘Know Your Numbers’ website to see when they should have a full cardiovascular risk assessment.
  2. Primary care services will implement strategies to ensure 80% of people who have been identified as having an elevated risk of developing cardiovascular disease are effectively assessed and managed (according to best practice guidelines)
  3. DHBs ensure that cardiac rehabilitation be made available and easily accessible to all members of the eligible population (according to best practice guidelines), and accessed by at least 80%