4715.0 - National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, 2018-19 Quality Declaration 
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Heart disease


Heart disease encompasses a number of chronic conditions associated with lifestyle risk factors such as smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, being inactive, being overweight and an unhealthy diet [1]. Heart disease was the leading cause of death for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in 2018 [2].

The proportion of people who reported having heart disease increased from 4% in 2012–13 to 5% in 2018–19.

The proportion of people with heart disease was:

    • about the same for males (6%) and females (5%)
    • the same for people living in non-remote areas and remote areas (both 5%).

The proportion of people with heart disease generally increased with age, from 1% for people aged 25–34 years to 26% for people aged 55 years and over.


Heart disease, by age
Graph shows the rate of heart disease increased with age from 25 years onwards, from 1% (25–34 years), 4% (35–44 years), 13% (45–54 years) to 26% (55 years and over).

Source(s): 2018–19 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey


Footnotes
1. Heart Foundation, Keep Your Heart Healthy, <http://heartfoundation.org.au/your-heart/keep-your-heart-healthy>; last accessed 14/11/2019.
2. Sourced from Causes of Death, Australia, 2018 (cat. no. 3303.0).