Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a major cause of death in Australia. There were 43,603 deaths attributed to CVD in Australia in 2013. On average, one Australian dies as a result of CVD every 12 minutes.
A higher burden of risk factors is associated with a higher lifetime risk of death from CVD. These risk factors include high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, overweight or obesity, and physical inactivity.