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released: 5 Jun 2008 author: AIHW media release

Cardiovascular disease is a major health problem in Australia, with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples carrying the greatest burden of illness and death from this disease. Up-to-date estimates on the prevalence of cardiovascular disease and its associated risk factors are important for monitoring their impact on the health of Indigenous Australians. This report presents national-level information for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians on the prevalence of cardiovascular disease and its associated risk factors, as well as on cardiovascular deaths. Results are based mostly on analysis of the Australian Bureau of Statistics' most recent National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey and National Health Survey conducted in 2004-05.

ISSN 1323 9236; ISBN 978 1 74024 792 4; Cat. no. CVD 41; 110pp.; Internet Only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Half title and verso pages
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary
  • Sections
    1. Introduction
      • Purpose and structure of this report
    2. Data sources and methods
      • Terminology used in this report
      • Data sources
      • Data limitations and quality
      • Statistical methods
      • Indigenous Australian population profile groups
    3. Background: demographics and overall health status
      • Demographic characteristics
      • Health status
      • Long-term health conditions
    4. Cardiovascular disease
      • Overview of cardiovascular disease
      • Coronary heart disease
      • Cerebrovascular disease
      • Heart failure
      • Hypertension
      • Rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease
      • Summary and conclusion
    5. Risk factors and conditions associated with cardiovascular disease
      • How many Indigenous Australians have a risk factor for cardiovascular disease?
      • How many Indigenous Australians with and without long-term cardiovascular disease have a risk factor?
      • Disparity in prevalence of each risk factor between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians
      • Tobacco smoking
      • Physical inactivity
      • Poor nutrition
      • Overweight and obesity
      • Alcohol consumption
      • Diabetes
      • Long-term kidney disease
      • Summary and conclusion
  • End matter
    • Appendix 1: Statistical methods
    • Appendix 2: Detailed statistical tables
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures

Recommended citation

Penm E 2008. Cardiovascular disease and its associated risk factors in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 2004-05. Cardiovascular disease series 29. Cat. no. CVD 41. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 23 December 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442468095>.