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Key statistics: Heart failure

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Key statistics: Heart failure

Statistics and information on heart failure 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.

Heart failure

Heart failure is a condition where the heart doesn’t pump blood around the body as well as it should. 

Explore the statistics relating to heart failure below.


  • Almost 144,000 people (0.6% of the Australian population) live with heart failure.
  • The number of people who reported living with heart failure increased substantially between 2017-18 and 2022.
  • Almost twice as many men experience heart failure compared to women. 


  • Heart failure accounts for almost 1 in 50 deaths, equating to one person dying of heart failure every 2.5 hours, or 9 people losing their lives each day. 
  • More women die for heart failure overall, but when adjusted for age and population size the rate for males and females is similar.*
  • The number of people losing their life due to heart failure has been slowly decreasing over time.* 


  • Around 170 people are hospitalised due to heart failure every day, equating to 1 person every 9 minutes.
  • Similar numbers of men and women are admitted to hospital for heart failure each year.
  • The overall number of people hospitalised due to heart failure has slowly reduced over the past decade.*

* After adjusting for population size and age distribution. 

Links to other Key Statistics topics:

Key statistics: Cardiovascular disease

Statistics and information on cardiovascular disease in Australia.

Key statistics: Coronary heart disease

Statistics and information on coronary heart disease in Australia.

Key statistics: Risk factors for cardiovascular disease

There are many different risk factors that increase your likelihood of developing a cardiovascular disease, such as heart disease.

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

2. Australian Bureau of Statistics 2023, Causes of death 2022, cat. No. 3303.0, October.  

3. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2022, National Hospital Morbidity Database (NHMD) 2012-22. 

Last updated16 January 2024