News: Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in Australia, accounting for 14% of total deaths in the country in 2012, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The Bureau's report reveals that the number of people dying from the illness has fallen since 2003, although deaths from dementia and Alzheimer's disease are increasing. In 2012, coronary heart disease caused more than 20,040 deaths in the country - almost double the number of deaths from the next most common cause, cerebrovascular diseases, which includes haemorrhages, strokes and blocked brain arteries.
BMI View: BMI's Burden of Disease Database estimates that the number of disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) lost to cardiovascular diseases in Australia was 25mn in 2013. We forecast this will increase by 2% to 26mn DALYs by 2018 and further by 5% to 27 DALYs by 2030.