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Key statistics: Coronary heart disease

Statistics and information on coronary heart disease in Australia

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The information on our Key Statistics pages is drawn from a variety of reputable sources including the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

These pages are intended to be a helpful resource for anyone seeking reliable information on cardiovascular disease in Australia, including consumers, researchers, healthcare policy makers, media and health professionals.

Coronary heart disease

Coronary heart disease (CHD) occurs when there is a problem with the arteries that supply the heart muscle itself with blood and oxygen. This can lead to chest pain (angina) or a heart attack.

CHD is the leading single cause of death1 and burden of disease2 (a measure of healthy life lost) in Australia.

Explore the statistics relating to CHD below.


  • More than 2% of Australians report they’re living with CHD, accounting for over 590,000 people.
  • Men are twice as likely to report living with CHD than women.
  • The rate of people with CHD has been decreasing over time.


  • CHD claims more lives than any other long-term health condition and is responsible for around one in ten of all deaths.
  • One person loses their life due to CHD approximately every 30 minutes, or on average around 50 people every day.
  • Twice as many men die from CHD compared to women.*
  • Encouragingly, deaths due to CHD have decreased by an average of 3% per year over the last decade.*


  • Hospital admission rates for CHD have decreased over the last ten years*, however:
  • over 400 people are still hospitalised for CHD every day; this is an average of one person every three to four minutes.
  • more than twice as many men are hospitalised due to CHD compared to women.

* After adjusting for population size and age distribution.

1. Australian Bureau of Statistics 2023, Causes of Death 2022, cat. no. 3303.0, September

2. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2022. Australian Burden of Disease Study 2022 (

3. Australian Bureau of Statistics 2023, National Health Survey 2022.

4. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2023, National Hospital Morbidity Database (NHMD) 2021-22.

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Last updated15 January 2024