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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.


29%

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


2x

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.