Statistics on Cardiovascular Health in Australia

Statistics on Cardiovascular Health in Australia

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3 Reasons Why This Information Is Important

1) Widespread Impact

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Cardiovascular diseases affects 1 in 6 Australians every year. This is approximately 17 percent of the Australian population. Cardiovascular health covers a range of diseases. These include:

– Coronary heart disease

– Stroke

– Acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease

– Congenital heart diseases

2) Highlight Risks

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There are a number of factors that are the leading causes of Cardiovascular diseases. Therefore, Australians can minimize the risk of having a cardiovascular disease by:

– Increasing physical activity and exercise.

– Healthy and well-balanced diet.

– Reduce Tobacco smoking and consumption of alcohol.

– Reduce stress.

3) Burden of Disease

Cardiovascular diseases contribute to 48 percent of hospitalizations in Australia. This means that individuals who have been admitted to the hospital will most likely suffer from a Cardiovascular disease. The burden of disease however varies. This includes loss of income from prolong leave, therapy and treatment costs and increase chances of hospital accommodation costs.

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