Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is the term used for heart, stroke and blood vessel diseases.It is the leading cause of death in Australia, accounting for 31.7% of all deaths in Australia in 2010.
Heart Disease now affects 1 in every 6 Australians and 2 out of 3 families. Affecting a total of 3.7 million Australians.
1 Australian dies from heart disease every 12 minutes.
Australian Women are four times more likely to die from heart disease than breast cancer.
RISK FACTORSHigh Blood Pressure, high cholesterol, overweight and obesity, physical inactivity, low fruit and vegetable intake, alchol and smoking.
90% of Australian adults have at least one modifiable risk factor for heart disease and 25% of Australians have three or more risk factors.
The proportion of Australian adults with risk factors is high:
The prevalence of heart, stroke and vascular conditions increased by 18.2% over the last decade.
* Statistics taken from HeartFoundation.org.au
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