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1 in 5

Australian adults (22%)—approximately 4.2 million people in 2014–15—had cardiovascular disease (CVD), based on self-reported data.

1.1 million

hospitalisations were associated with CVD (principal and/or additional diagnosis) in 2014–15, that is 11% of all hospitalisations in Australia.


of Australian deaths had CVD as the underlying cause of death, that is 45,000 deaths in 2014.


as high among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people compared with non-Indigenous Australians for CVD hospitalisation, and 1.8 as high for CVD deaths.

30% higher

in Remote and very remote areas compared with Major cities for both CVD hospitalisations and death rates.

43% higher

in the lowest socioeconomic group compared with the highest for CVD death rates, and 24% higher for CVD hospitalisation rates.


This information was last updated in December 2016.