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Heart disease statistics

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Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the term used for heart, stroke and blood vessel diseases. It's the leading cause of death in Australia with 45,600 deaths in Australia in 2011.

Despite recent improvements, it remains one of the biggest burdens on our economy. CVD affects more than 3.7 million Australians. 1.4 million people are prevented from living a full life because of CVD related disability. Follow the links below to find trusted information about heart and cardiovascular disease statistics.

Last reviewed: February 2014

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Department of Health | Cardiovascular disease

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death and disease burden in Australia. The number of people living with cardiovascular disease is increasing due to factors including population ageing and improved treatments that have resulted in people living longer with CVD.

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LiveLighter - Cardiovascular Disease and the link between overweight and obesity

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Heart disease: Congestive heart failure (CHF) information | myVMC

Congestive heart failure is a heart disease or cardiovascular disease characterised by the heart being unable to pump enough blood around the body.

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Smoking Statistics | myVMC

Smoking statistics for Australia: How many people die from smoking every year? Who smokes, and how often do they smoke? How many people try to quit, and how many are successful? What is the economic impact of smoking?

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Keeping up with the Joneses | Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

A video produced by Dr Melanie Thompson on the Jones Criteria for diagnosing rheumatic fever. Statistics from WA are featured in this 2013 production.

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A brief overview of the definition and prevalence of cancer, with links to fact sheets and additional information about cancer statistics, control, programs and publications.

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Department of Health | Chronic kidney disease

Chronic kidney disease is a debilitating chronic disease in its own right, but can also contribute to, or be impacted by, other prominent chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes mellitus.

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Acute Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease | Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

Overview of Qld RHD control program and statistics presented by Dr Stephen Lambert at the RHDAustralia Evening Symposium, Brisbane, 22 March 2016. Dr Stephen Lambert is Senior Medical Officer, Queensland Dept of Health.

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Facts and figures about stroke Stroke Foundation - Australia

Information about stroke

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Myocarditis information | myVMC

Myocarditis refers to infection of the heart muscle. It occurs when viral infections like adenovirus and enterovirus spread to the heart.

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