How common is heart disease?
In Australia alone, nearly 50,000 people die from heart diseases every year.
In 2010, for the first time in recorded human history, heart disease became the most common cause of death worldwide – not just in the western world – accounting for nearly 1 in 4 of all deaths
Where does my heart pump blood to?
Your heart pumps blood to the lungs and back to the heart, then out to the body and back to the heart again – all in about 23 seconds!
When was the first heart transplant performed in Australia?
The first heart transplant was performed in 1968. However, because the anti-rejection drugs were not as good as they are today, the operation was unsuccessful in the long-term. As a result, transplants ceased until the 1980’s when Australia’s first transplant program was established at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney. In 1984, the National Heart Transplant Unit was established at St Vincent’s by Dr Victor Chang.
When was the first lung transplant performed in Australia?
It was performed in 1986 at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney.
Isn’t breast cancer more common than heart disease?
Not at all. In Australia, 4 times more women die from heart disease than breast cancer. Globally nearly 1 in 4 women die from heart disease, 1in 6 die from stroke, 1 in 9 develop breast cancer and 1 in 25 die from breast cancer.
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