Heart, stroke and vascular disease – also known as cardiovascular disease or CVD – is a broad term that describe the many different diseases and conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels. The most common and serious types of CVD include coronary heart disease, stroke and heart failure. CVD remains a major health problem in Australia, despite declining mortality and hospitalisation rates.

Heart, stroke and vascular disease

See the Heart, stroke and vascular disease–Australian facts online report for the latest statistics

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Latest findings

61% of people with acute coronary syndrome initiated ≥3 of the 4 classes of CVD medicines within 40 days of discharge

3 in 4 patients were still taking their medicines 1 year after leaving hospital

Contact with community-based health care services was associated with use of recommended CVD medicines

Acute coronary syndrome events were underestimated by 15% when using unlinked data compared to linked data

In 2018, there were around 40,200 new acute coronary syndrome events – around 110 events every day

Stroke events estimated using the unlinked data were similar to estimates from linked data