Heart disease biggest killer
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.