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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591,000 hospitalisations with CVD as principal diagnosis in 2018–19 (5.2% of all hospitalisations)

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

38,600 stroke events in 2018—more than 100 every day

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

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