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Current projects in the Christchurch Heart Institute

Hauora Manawa/Heart Health: The Community Heart Study

There is a major disparity between Māori and non-Māori in cardiovascular mortality.

Few studies exist on the prevalence and incidence of cardiovascular disease in the Māori community. Our research aims to collect information on:

  • Current levels of established heart disease
  • Previously undiagnosed diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease and their risk factors in randomly-selected population samples

The samples groups are:

  • Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa in Hawkes Bay
  • Mana Whenua ki Waitaha in Canterbury
  • A non-Maori control group in Canterbury

Find out more about the Hauora Manawa/Heart Health: The Community Heart Study

Christchurch Family Heart Study

This study researches genes that may be associated with cardiovascular disease. It compares the genes of those people with and without heart disease.

Cardiovascular disease accounts for approximately 40% of all deaths per year. This compares to 26% for cancer. The most common forms of cardiovascular disease include:

  • Angina
  • Heart attack (myocardial infarction)
  • Heart failure

The death rate from cardiovascular disease is more than twice as high in men as in women. Diseases of the heart and blood vessels are the leading cause of death in New Zealand

For those over 65 years of age, 84% of deaths are related to cardiovascular disease.

Learn more about the Christchurch Family Heart Study and how you can help.

Healthy Volunteers for the study of heart disease

We are researching the genes that may be associated with cardiovascular disease, by comparing the pattern of genes from people without heart disease with patients who have heart disease.

What is a Healthy Volunteer?

Research volunteer having an echocardiogram
Research volunteer having an echocardiogram

A Healthy Volunteer is a person with no prior diagnosis of:

  • Stroke
  • Angina
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart failure
  • Heart attack or myocardial infarction
  • Any other cardiac problems

The Health Volunteer will be:

  • part of a group of over 3000 heart-healthy people
  • randomly recruited from the Canterbury electoral rolls, and age- and gender-matched to our heart patient study group
  • asked to donate a blood and urine samples
  • asked to answer a short questionnaire detailing your relevant personal medical history and your family history of heart disease and related conditions

For more information contact Judith Thomson at or on 03 364 1647

CNP – what role does it play in combatting Arteriosclerosis?

We are studying a hormone called CNP, or C-type Natriuretic Peptide and the role it may play in combatting the hardening of the arteries.

Learn more about the CNP's, the role they play and how you can help.