Heart disease

Coronary disease


Acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease in Australia 2016–2020

This is the fourth annual report from the National Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) data collection. It presents information on acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and RHD in Australia drawn from the established jurisdictional registers in New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern...
Journal article

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health checks: sociodemographic characteristics and cardiovascular risk factors

This study aimed to quantify Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medicare 'health check' claims in Australian adults, in relation to socio-demographic and health characteristics, including prior cardiovascular disease (CVD) and CVD risk factors.

The RHD Endgame Strategy: the blueprint to eliminate rheumatic heart disease in Australia by 2031

Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is preventable. The collective experience of communities and clinicians, in addition to over 25 years of research, means the knowledge and evidence base now exists to eliminate rheumatic heart disease in Australia. This strategy document brings together this experience, knowledge and...

The 2020 Australian guideline for prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease (3rd edition)

This edition of the Australian guideline for the prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) has a new focus which places people and their families and communities, at the centre of care.

Congenital heart disease in Australia

Globally, congenital heart disease affects around 9 in every 1,000 babies born. In Australia, a large number of children, young people and adults live with congenital heart disease. This report presents latest statistics and trends on the incidence of congenital heart disease, and on hospitalisation...

Better cardiac care measures for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: fourth national report 2018–19

This is the fourth national report on the 21 Better Cardiac Care measures for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, with updated data available for 14 measures. The report indicates that the level of access for cardiac-related health services is improving for Indigenous Australians.

Acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease: in brief

This in-brief report provides an overview of the data in the main report, also titled ‘Acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease in Australia’.

Peak Winter! A report on the seasonal impact of heart failure in Australia

Based on the best available evidence, this report describes the annual burden of hospital admissions linked to a primary diagnosis of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and heart failure through the prism of seasonality.

No second chances: controlling risk in cardiovascular disease

This report highlights that people with cardiovascular disease require aggressive management of their risk factors to prevent secondary cardiovascular events. This includes effective strategies to support medicine and treatment adherence, rehabilitation, and lifestyle changes.

The cost of inaction on Rheumatic Heart Disease

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities have some of the highest rates of rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in the world. This report outlines the trajectory of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and RHD in Australia until 2031, assuming only the current levels of funding and attention...

Transition between hospital and community care for patients with coronary heart disease: New South Wales and Victoria 2012–2015

This report examined the health services used by more than 37,300 people with coronary heart disease (CHD) who were discharged from a public hospital in New South Wales or Victoria between April 2012 and June 2013. The report analysed linked de-identified hospitalisation data to Medicare...
Technical report

Heart health: the first step to getting Australia's health on track

This resource provides an implementation map for one of the ten priority policy actions proposed in AHPC’s Getting Australia’s Health on Track 2016.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Is a coronary calcium score the best indicator of heart attack risk?

Sydney cardiologist Dr Ross Walker claims that a scan for coronary calcium is a better indicator of heart attack risk than checks for blood pressure and cholesterol, and is a necessary test for all older Australians.
Briefing paper

Musculoskeletal conditions as underlying and associated causes of death 2013

Summary Musculoskeletal conditions are a range of conditions that affect the bones, muscles and connective tissues. In this bulletin, the musculoskeletal conditions reported include osteoarthritis; rheumatoid arthritis; osteoporosis; back problems; gout and other inflammatory arthropathies (in ammation of one or more joints); and lupus and...
Journal article

Impact of medical consultation frequency on risk factors and medications 6 months after acute coronary syndrome

The purpose of this study was to examine the frequency of medical consultations by patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) in the six months after hospital discharge and to determine whether the frequency of visits was associated with differences in lifestyle, clinical measures and medication...

Information for action: improving the heart health story for Aboriginal people in WA

This report finds that Aboriginal people experience both illness and death from heart disease at higher rates and at a much earlier average age than non-Aboriginal people, underscoring the urgency to direct efforts ‘upstream’ towards primary prevention and earlier, community-based detection and intervention.

Are we prepared for the rise of heart disease?

If you experienced heart palpitations or shortness of breath, would you see your doctor? Despite the awareness campaigns for breast cancer and stroke, heart disease is still the biggest cause of death. Conditions like atrial fibrillation are on the rise, and set to increase exponentially...