Heart disease big­gest killer

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

HEART disease re­mains the big­gest killer of Aus­tralians and the most costly dis­or­der in the nation de­spite im­prove­ment in re­cent years. A new re­port by the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Health and Wel­fare shows about 3.5 mil­lion Aus­tralians had long-term car­dio­vas­cu­lar disease in 2007-08. This equates to about one-sixth of the pop­u­la­tion. Nearly 50,000 deaths were at­trib­uted to heart and blood-ves­sel disease in 2008.

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