DISEASES OF THE CIRCULATORY SYSTEM (I00-I99)
Deaths caused by Diseases of the circulatory system (I00-I99) accounted for 620 Indigenous deaths in 2009, 25.8% of all Indigenous deaths. The two most common types of circulatory system diseases that contributed to Indigenous deaths were Ischaemic heart diseases (I20-I25) and Stroke (I60-I69).
Ischaemic heart diseases (I20-I25), which include angina, blocked arteries of the heart and heart attacks, were the underlying cause of death for 369 (15.3%) deaths of Indigenous people. Ischaemic heart diseases were also the leading cause of death of non-Indigenous people in 2009, accounting for 16.0% of deaths. The median age at death for Indigenous people who died from ischaemic heart diseases in 2009 was 58.1 years, compared with 84.2 years for non-Indigenous people. The sex ratio for Indigenous people who died from ischaemic heart diseases in 2009 was 149 males per 100 females.
Cerebrovascular disease (Strokes (I60-I69)), which include haemorrhages, strokes, infarctions and blocked arteries of the brain, accounted for 96 Indigenous deaths in 2009, 4.0% of all Indigenous deaths. This compared with 8.1% of deaths of non-Indigenous people. Median age at death was 68.3 years, compared with 85.6 years for non-Indigenous people throughout Australia.