161065 - check, unit 562, Cardiovascular, July 2019
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This edition of check focuses on the assessment and management of cardiovascular conditions in general practice.Relevance to General Practice
Cardiovascular disease is one of the major causes of morbidity and mortality in Australia.(1,2) In 2016, it was reported that 43,600 deaths were attributable to cardiovascular disease – second only to deaths from all types of cancer combined.(3) There were 10,869 fatalities from stroke in Australia in 2015, making it the third leading cause of death in the country.(4) Atrial fibrillation, which was associated with 11% of stroke deaths in 2015,(4) affects approximately 2% of the general Australian population and 5% of adults aged over 65 years.(5) It is estimated that approximately 1–2% of the Australian population have heart failure,(6) and hospitalisations due to heart failure steadily increased in the 10 years prior to 2015.(7) Pulmonary arterial hypertension affects up to 100 patients per million,(8) and has more treatment options available than other forms of pulmonary hypertension.
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