4364.0.55.001 - National Health Survey: First Results, 2014-15
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 08/12/2015
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HEART, STROKE AND VASCULAR DISEASE
Heart, stroke and vascular disease encompasses a range of circulatory conditions including angina, heart attack and stroke. Commonly this group of conditions is referred to under the broader term of 'heart disease' (or 'cardiovascular disease'). Heart disease remains one of the leading causes of death worldwide, and is associated with modifiable risk factors such as a healthy diet, exercise and avoidance of smoking.
In 2014-15, 5.2% of Australians (1.2 million people) had heart disease, an increase from 4.7% in 2011-12 when 1.0 million people had heart disease.
The proportion of people with heart disease increases steadily with age, with almost one-third (30.7%) of all Australians aged 75 years and over having heart disease in 2014-15. It is more common amongst men (5.7%) than women (4.7%).
Source(s): National Health Survey: First Results, 2014-15
1 Heart Foundation, 2015, Keep your heart healthy <http://heartfoundation.org.au/your-heart/keep-your-heart-healthy>; Last accessed 04/12//2015.
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