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Long-Term Health Conditions


Heart and Circulatory Disease

In 2004–05, about one in eight Indigenous Australians (or 12%) reported a long term health condition related to the circulatory system, such as heart disease or hypertensive disease.

After adjusting for age differences between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations, it was found that Indigenous people were 1.3 times more likely to suffer from heart disease and/or circulatory problems.

Prevalence of Hypertensive Disease (High blood pressure),
by Indigenous status and age, 2004–05
Indigenous
Non-Indigenous
Age group (years)
%
%
0–14
*_
**
15–24
* 1
*_
25–34
5
2
35–44
12
4
45–54
22
14
55 and over
42
33
* estimate should be used with caution.
** estimate is considered too unreliable for general use.
_ rounded to zero
Source: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, Australia, 2004–05 (cat. no. 4715.0)


Prevalence of Hypertensive Disease (High blood pressure),
by Indigenous status and age, 2004–05


Source: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, Australia, 2004–05 (cat. no. 4715.0)
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