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3303.0 - Causes of Death, Australia, 2011 Quality Declaration 
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Contents >> Deaths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Persons >> Diseases of the Circulatory System (I00-I99)

DISEASES OF THE CIRCULATORY SYSTEM (I00-I99)

Deaths caused by Diseases of the circulatory system (I00-I99) accounted for 589 (24.7%) deaths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons in 2011. The two most common types of circulatory system diseases that contributed to deaths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons were Ischaemic heart diseases (I20-I25) and Cerebrovascular diseases (I60-I69).

The leading cause of death of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians was Ischaemic heart diseases, which includes angina, blocked arteries of the heart and heart attacks. It accounted for 329 deaths in 2011. The mortality rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians was just under twice the rate of non-Indigenous Australians (163.4 per 100,000 compared with 87.2).

Cerebrovascular disease (I60-I69), which includes haemorrhages, strokes, infarctions and blocked arteries of the brain, accounted for 97 deaths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons in 2011. The death rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians was 1.5 times the rate of non-Indigenous Australians (71.6 per 100,000 and 46.6).

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