Overview

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) includes a range of 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.

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Latest findings

CVD was the underlying cause of 42,300 deaths (25% of all deaths) in 2019

58,700 acute coronary events (heart attack or unstable angina) among people aged 25 and over—around 161 every day

6.2% of adults (1.2 million) had 1 or more conditions related to heart, stroke or vascular disease in 2017–18

By Primary Health Network, type 2 diabetes rates were generally higher in regional than in metropolitan areas

The highest chronic kidney disease hospitalisation rate by Population Health Area was 23 times the national average

Self-reported heart, stroke and vascular disease rates ranged from 2.9% to 8.4% across Primary Health Networks

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