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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: Are you at risk of heart disease? 

Preventing heart disease starts with knowing your risk factors and making changes to live a healthier life.

Key takeaways

  • Many risk factors for heart disease are greater for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 
  • Some risk factors for heart disease are beyond your control, such as: age, gender, ethnicity, and family history.  
  • High blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes can increase your chance of developing heart disease. 
  • To know your risk of heart disease, it's important to get a regular health check with your doctor or health service. 
  • You can help reduce your risk of heart disease by making positive changes to your lifestyle. 

Heart disease is the leading cause of death among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, causing 1 in 10 deaths. 

There are risk factors that make it more likely that you could get heart disease.   


​Preventing heart disease

Heart disease can be prevented by living a healthy life  and with help from your doctor, nurse or a health worker.  It’s never too early or late to manage your risk of heart disease and improve your heart health. 

Preventing heart disease starts with knowing your risk factors and making changes to live a healthier life. The 10 steps you can take to protect your heart are:

To read more about these steps to protect your heart, click here.   
To know your risk of heart disease, it's important to get a regular health check with your doctor or health service.

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