Heart Disease Statistics
- Heart disease kills more people than any other disease in the world
- Heart disease kills more people than all cancers combined
- Heart diseases killed 17.5 million people in 2012 (worldwide)
- Heart disease is also Australia’s leading cause of death
- Heart disease claims the lives of 46,000 Australians every year
- One Australian dies from heart disease every 12 minutes
- Every year around 55,000 Australians suffer a heart attack. That’s one every 10 minutes!
- Affects one in five Australians, or 3.72 million people
- Affects two out of three families
- Prevents 1.4 million people from living a full life because of disability caused by heart disease
- Cardiovascular disease is the main cause for hospitalisations in Australia every year
- Cardiovascular disease costs Australia around $6 billion in healthcare spending per year.
WOMEN AND HEART DISEASE
- 52 Australian women have a heart attack every day
- Heart attacks claim the lives of 26 people per day
- 9 out of 10 Australians have at least one risk factor for Cardiovascular disease
- 29 women die every day of heart disease in Australia
- 4 times more women die of heart disease than breast cancer in Australia
- Most women have different heart attack symptoms to men
- Instead of chest pains, women often have nausea, indigestion and shoulder aches when they are having a heart attack
CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE
- Congenital heart disease is the most common form of birth defect,
- It affects 1 in 100 babies
- Congenital heart disease kills 4 babies per week in Australia
- 42 babies are born with a heart defect every week
- 30 babies will undergo heart surgery in Australia every week
- 80 percent of cases of CHD remain unsolved – doctors have no idea what caused them
- 40 Australians die of a heart rhythm disorder every day
- 1 in 10 Australians die suddenly from a heart attack caused by a cardiac arrhythmia.
- 1 in 4 Australians will have an episode of atrial fibrillation in their life time – the primary cause of atrial fibrillation is cardiac arrhythmia.
- About 200 young Australians under 18 die each year as a result of suffering from cardiac arrhythmia, 100 of these kids don’t even know they have a heart issue.
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