Heart, stroke and vascular disease – also known as cardiovascular disease or CVD – is a broad term that describe the many different diseases and conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels. The most common and serious types of CVD include coronary heart disease, stroke and heart failure. CVD remains a major health problem in Australia, despite declining mortality and hospitalisation rates.

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61% of people with acute coronary syndrome initiated ≥3 of the 4 classes of CVD medicines within 40 days of discharge

Women and people aged under 65 were less likely to be dispensed the recommended medicines following hospitalisation

3 in 4 patients were still taking their medicines 1 year after leaving hospital

In 2018, there were around 29,000 new stroke events – around 79 events every day

In 2018, there were around 40,200 new acute coronary syndrome events – around 110 events every day

Stroke events estimated using the unlinked data were similar to estimates from linked data