Did you know that heart disease is the single leading cause of death in Australia?

In 2017, 18,590 Australian lives were lost to this deadly disease. It’s time to book a check-up with your doctor as heart disease can affect anyone.

You could be in the staggering 90 per cent of Australians that have at least one risk factor.

Heart disease is an umbrella term for a range of conditions that affect your heart. To fuel your heart disease knowledge, here are five facts you need to know.

  1. Cardiovascular disease is one of the world’s leading health problems. In Australia alone, it affects one in six people and two and out of three families.
  2. Are you listening ladies? Heart disease is the single biggest killer of Australian women. In fact, women are three times more likely to die from it than breast cancer.
  3. According to the home doctor experts, cardiovascular disease kills one Australian every 28 minutes. So, keeping your health in check is vital to minimising your risk of heart disease.
  4. Are you looking out for clinical risk factors such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure? While these are important, experts claim Australians are more likely to see lifestyle risk factors such as poor diet, lack of exercise or being overweight as a risk for heart disease.
  5. The burden on disease also affects the economy with $1.5 billion spent in 2012-13 to provide healthcare services to admitted patients with heart disease. To put this in perspective, cardiovascular disease accounts for 15 per cent of the total burden of disease in Australia, second only to cancers at 19 per cent of the total burden.