Heart health and blood pressure

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One in six Australians has heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in Australia.1 Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a term used to describe all diseases of the heart and blood vessels. Coronary heart disease (which includes heart attacks and angina) and stroke are common forms of CVD. In terms of lives lost and health spending, CVD is still considered to be Australia’s most costly disease2 and prevention is a national health priority.3

1 The Heart Foundation. Cardiovascular disease fact sheet [Internet]. The Heart Foundation, Deakin Available from: http://heartfoundation.org.au/about-us/what-we-do/heart-disease-in-australia/cardiovascular-disease-fact-sheet

2 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Cardiovascular disease: Australian facts 2011 [Internet]. 2011 [cited 2015 Feb 09]; Cardiovascular disease series no.35.Cat.no.CVD 53.Canberra:AIHW. Available fromhttp://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737418510

3 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. National health priority areas [Internet]. Canberra, ACT: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare [cited 2015 Feb 10]. Available from:http://www.aihw.gov.au/national-health-priority-areas/