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Cardiovascular disease will remain a major contributor to gap in life expectancy

Date posted: 11 September 2014

The Heart Foundation has said that cardiovascular disease will remain a major contributor to the gap in life expectancy, after the release of a landmark biomedical health survey showed that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have high rates of risk factors for heart disease, including diabetes, kidney disease and high cholesterol.

Findings from the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: biomedical results, 2012-13, released this week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed the risk factors for heart disease are greater for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and far worse for people in remote areas. Other findings from the survey include:

The Heart Foundation's National Cardiovascular Health Director, Dr Robert Grenfell said this survey highlights the need for stronger investment in prevention, and shows that we need to keep working on risk factor identification and management for people at high risk of heart disease. 'To help close the gap we need every Indigenous patient, regardless of where they live, to be provided with the same level of health care as non-Indigenous Australians,' Dr Grenfell said.

Source: The Advocate


Last updated: 11 September 2014
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