'Epidemic of coronary heart disease and its treatment in Australia' is the first AIHW report to focus exclusively on the national epidemic of coronary heart disease. It provides information on current patterns and recent trends in coronary heart disease, its treatment and costs. This is the first national report to examine in detail admissions to hospital for heart attack and acute care invasive treatments, such as cardiac catheterisation, percutaneous coronary intervention, and coronary artery bypass surgery. This report is part of AIHW's Cardiovascular Disease Series, which covers mortality, risk factors, morbidity and medical procedures. It will be a valuable resource for health planners, practitioners and researchers interested in knowing the extent of coronary heart disease and its treatment in Australia.