Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and Heart Disease

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Some sobering statistics about heart disease and indigenous Australians...

Indigenous Australians are around twice as likely to be affected by heart disease as other Australians. Heart and circulatory conditions contribute most to the disease burden of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and are major contributors to the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and other Australians. Research evidence shows that, as well as having higher rates of cardiac conditions, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have poorer access to health services aimed at preventing and treating cardiac conditions. Make sure you know the facts. Download your FREE information pack.Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, when compared with non-Indigenous Australians, are:

  • Twice as likely to have a heart attack
  • Hospitalised for acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease at 7 times the rate
  • 10.5 times more likely to die from coronary heart disease
  • 1.2 times more likely to have high blood pressure

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"Two out of three families are affected by heart disease. Even if you are lucky enough not to be affected, it is likely you will know someone who is - a relative, a friend or a neighbour. No one can predict where the devastation of cardiovascular disease will strike next."
Richard Wylie
Richard Wylie for Scholarships
Fundraising Director