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Key Statistics: Heart Disease in Australia

Statistics and information on heart disease prevalence, mortality and hospitalisations.

Key takeaways

  • Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in Australia
  • Heart disease represents one in five of all deaths in Australia
  • Cardiovascular disease accounts for one in four of all deaths in Australia
  • Key risk factors that contribute to heart conditions are largely preventable, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Additionally, most people don’t associate these key risk factors with their heart health
  • Two in three Australian adults are overweight or obese, which is among the leading risk factors for heart disease.
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Heart disease is a catch-all term covering a variety of conditions that affect the heart’s structure and function, including coronary heart disease (CHD).

Discover the latest statistics relating to heart disease in Australia below.

 

Heart Disease

Heart Disease is a catch-all phrase for a variety of conditions that affect the heart’s structure and function including Coronary Heart Disease.

 

Deaths*

· Heart Disease represents One in five of all deaths · CVD kills one person every 19 minutes

· 76 deaths each day

Hospitalisations**

· Approximately 1,100 people hospitalised per day

· Forty-six per cent more men are admitted due to Heart Disease

References:

**Australian Bureau of Statistics 2019, Causes of Death 2018, cat. no. 3303.0, September Ischaemic heart disease or Coronary Heart Disease accounted for the second highest number of years of potential life lost (68,532). It has both the highest number of deaths and the highest number of premature deaths (more than 6,000)

Discover Key Statistics for CHD              

 

Discover Key Statistics for CVD 

 




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