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released: 17 Mar 2011 author: AIHW media release

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a very common and serious disease in Australia with about 3.5 million people reporting having the condition in 2007-08. Despite significant advances in the treatment of CVD and for some of its risk factors, it remains the cause of more deaths than any other disease - about 50,000 in 2008 - and the most expensive, costing about $5.9 billion in 2004-05. And not all sectors of Australian society are affected equally by CVD with people in lower socioeconomic groups, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and those living in the remote areas of Australia often more likely to be hospitalised with, or to die from CVD than other members of the population.

ISSN 1323-9236; ISBN 978-1-74249-130-1; Cat. no. CVD 53; 232pp.; Internet only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Content
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary and key findings
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
      • Background
      • Purpose of the report
      • What are cardiovascular diseases?
      • Structure of the report
      • New in the 2011 edition
    • 2 Risk factors for cardiovascular disease
      • Tobacco smoking
      • Insufficient physical activity
      • Poor dietary behaviour
      • Excessive alcohol consumption
      • High blood pressure
      • High blood cholesterol
      • Overweight and obesity
      • Depression
      • Protective factors
    • 3 Cardiovascular disease
      • How many Australians have cardiovascular disease?
      • Hospitalisations
      • Deaths
      • Burden of cardiovascular disease
    • 4 Coronary heart disease
      • What is coronary heart disease?
      • How many Australians have coronary heart disease?
      • Hospitalisations
      • Deaths
    • 5 Stroke
      • What is stroke?
      • Risk factors for stroke
      • How many Australians have had a stroke?
      • Hospitalisations
      • Deaths
    • 6 Heart failure and cardiomyopathy
      • What is heart failure?
      • Risk factors for heart failure and cardiomyopathy
      • How many Australians have heart failure?
      • Hospitalisations
      • Deaths
    • 7 Acute rheumatic fever andrheumatic heart disease
      • What are acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease?
      • Risk factors and prevention of acute rheumatic fever andrheumatic heart disease
      • How many Australians have acute rheumatic fever andrheumatic heart disease?
      • Hospitalisations
      • Deaths
    • 8 Peripheral vascular disease
      • What is peripheral vascular disease?
      • Risk factors for peripheral vascular disease
      • How many Australians have peripheral vascular disease?
      • Hospitalisations
      • Deaths
    • 9 Congenital heart disease
      • What is congenital heart disease?
      • Risk factors for congenital heart disease
      • How many Australians have congenital heart disease?
      • Hospitalisations
      • Deaths
    • 10 Comorbidity of cardiovasculardisease, diabetes andchronic kidney disease
      • What is comorbidity?
      • What is diabetes?
      • What is chronic kidney disease?
      • Shared risk factors for cardiovascular disease, diabetes andchronic kidney disease
      • Overview
      • Hospitalisations
      • Comorbidity in the Indigenous population
    • 11 Health services forcardiovascular disease
      • General practice care
      • Medicines for cardiovascular disease
      • Hospital procedures for cardiovascular disease
      • Rehabilitation
    • 12 Expenditure on cardiovascular disease
      • How much is spent on cardiovascular disease?
      • Where is the money being spent?
      • Who is it spent on?
      • Levels of expenditure
      • Changes in expenditure over time
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix A
        • Methods and definitions
      • Appendix B
        • Classifications
      • Appendix C
        • Main data sources
      • Appendix D
        • Detailed statistical tables
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of Tables
    • List of Figures

Notes and corrections160;

The current version of the publication is presented above.

Previous versions of files that have been updated or corrected are presented below.

  1. (29 Sep 2011) The following errors were corrected in a graph and a table contained in Cardiovascular disease: Australian facts 2011.

    In Chapter 5, Figure 5.4: ‘Stroke hospitalisation rates, principal diagnosis, by sex and Indigenous status, 2007–08’ the female Indigenous rate and the male ‘Other Australians’ rate were incorrectly transposed. This typesetting error has now been corrected.

    In Chapter 11, Table 11.5: ‘Supply of cardiovascular prescription medicines, 2008’ the total number of scripts and total cost have been corrected to read 84,614 scripts and $3,021 million respectively. The earlier version had incorrectly included the two sub-totals in the total.

    Previous version Cardiovascular disease: Australian facts 2011 (1.7MB PDF)

Recommended citation

AIHW 2011. Cardiovascular disease: Australian facts 2011. Cardiovascular disease series no. 35. Cat. no. CVD 53. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 20 October 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737418510>.