Heart and Blood Vessel Disease

Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in Australia accounting for roughly 3 in 10 deaths in 2012. In 2011-12, an estimated 3.7 million Australians had one or more long-term cardiovascular conditions, up from 3.4 million in 2007-08. Death rates from heart disease are higher among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, ranging from 1.5 to 3 times higher than in non-Indigenous Australians.

What is Cardiovascular Disease?

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) refers to health conditions of the heart and blood vessels. This includes stroke, heart failure, coronary heart disease and cardiomyopathy to name a few.

Am I at Risk of Cardiovascular Disease?

There are many factors that can increase your chances of cardiovascular disease, some of which cannot be changed, such as getting older and family history, and some of which can, including smoking, physical inactivity, poor nutrition, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and obesity.

Five Year Risk Calculator – Heart and Stroke Risk

If you know a few numbers including your age, blood pressure and cholesterol you can find out your CVD risk by clicking the link below for the National Vascular Disease Prevention Alliance Calculator.


Heart Health Tips

  • Speak to your doctor about your health and your future risk if you are over the age of 35 and have a family history of heart or blood vessel conditions.

Find local GPs, Pharmacies or allied health using the National Health Services Directory

  • Sit less – Be active for life! Sitting less and being more active has many benefits such as reducing your risk of or help manage CVD, improve blood pressure, cholesterol and sugar levels just to name a few. Read more here.
  • Learn more about your heart health and what you can do to keep it healthy on the Heart Foundation website.