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1 in 5

Australian adults (22%)—approximately 3.7 million people in 2011–12—had cardiovascular disease, based on self-reported data.

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1.1 million

hospitalisations—11% of all hospitalisations in 2013–14—where cardiovascular disease was the principal and/or additional diagnosis.

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or 43,946 Australian deaths in 2012, recorded cardiovascular disease as the underlying cause.

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2 times as high

cardiovascular disease hospitalisation rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians compared to other Australians.

Cardiovascular disease death rates were 30% higher than for non-Indigenous Australians.

CVD dashboard 5: lowest socioeconomic group rates 50% higher PNG

50% higher

cardiovascular disease death rates in the lowest socioeconomic group compared with the highest group.

Similarly, 20% higher for CVD hospitalisation rates.

This information was last updated in August 2015.