Coronary heart disease

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a result of narrowing arteries and reduced blood flow to the heart: this usually starts as angina, (pain and discomfort in the heart) and can lead to a heart attack overtime.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Australia; in 2016 heart disease was responsible for 1 death every 30 minutes.

The facts

  • The risk of heart disease increases with age.
  • Men are at higher risk of heart disease than women.
  • Smokers are almost twice as likely to have a heart attack compared with those who have never smoked.
  • Being inactive increases the chance of heart disease.
  • Carrying excess body fat is a risk factor for heart disease.
  • People with diabetes have a higher likelihood of having heart disease.
  • Having high blood pressure increases the risk of having a heart attack.
  • Lower LDL cholesterol levels can decrease the risk of having a heart attack.

The cost of CHD

The majority of specialist charge in excess of the medication schedule benefit fee, increasing the out-of-pocket burden for individuals.

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