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Key Statistics: Heart Disease

Statistics and information on heart disease in Australia

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Heart disease is the broad term for conditions that affect the structure and function of the heart muscle. It includes coronary heart disease, heart failure, valve disease and arrhythmias. 

Deaths¹ 

  • Heart disease kills one person every 18 minutes, equating to on average, 79 persons dying of heart disease every day. 

  • This accounts for nearly one in five (17.1%) of all deaths, with more males dying of heart disease than females, each year. 

  • Deaths from heart disease have been decreasing over the last 10 years. 

Hospitalisations² 

  • Someone is hospitalised for heart disease every 80 seconds, equating to a total of 1,100 people per day, on average. 

  • Forty-six per cent more men than women are hospitalised due to heart disease, with hospitalisations due to heart disease remaining relatively steady over time. 




References: 

1. Australian Bureau of Statistics 2020, Causes of death 2019, cat. No. 3303.0, October 

2. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2019, National Hospital Morbidity Database (NHMD) 

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