According to the Australian Government website Australian Institute of Health and Welfare:

  • An estimated 3.7 million Australians suffered cardiovascular disease in 2011-12.
  • More than 1.1 million Australians were hospitalised with cardiovascular disease as the principal diagnosis in 2013-14.
  • 43,946 deaths of Australian people in 2012 had cardiovascular disease as the underlying cause.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are twice as likely to be hospitalised due to cardiovascular disease as other Australians.
  • Death rates from cardiovascular disease are 30% higher for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians than for non-Indigenous Australians.
  • In the first decade of the 21st century, around 12% of overall health expenditure was spent on cardiovascular disease.

Cardiovascular disease includes coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertensive disease, heart failure and cardiomyopathy, and peripheral vascular disease. Combined, these conditions, collectively known as cardiovascular disease, are the leading cause of death in Australia.

What can we do about it?

Eat healthily and exercise regularly. Prevention is always the first step. Health authorities in Australia actively advocate health and safety through a variety of public awareness and participation programs.

At Allens Training on the Sunshine Coast, health and safety are our focus too, through the training we offer at our Birtinya and Noosa training centres, especially our courses in CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation) and first aid.

If you know you have cardiovascular disease, one of the most difficult but important things you can do is tell your family and friends, so they can be prepared and can take the time in a non-pressure situation to know what to do to protect you. If you know a loved one has this, or any disease, do some research and learn how to respond to save the life of a member of your family.

Learn to recognise the signs and symptoms of cardiovascular disease, which could include shortness of breath, irregular heartbeats, weakness, dizziness, sweating, vomiting, upper body discomfort and pain around chest, neck, jaw and arms.

If you suspect someone is having a heart attack:

  • call 000 immediately
  • follow all instructions from the operator
  • send for defibrillator and aspirin
  • keep the person still; comfort them and monitor their condition until help arrives
  •  prepare for CPR, in case the person suffers cardiac arrest.

Allens Training provides free charts containing information on how to respond in a number of different emergencies, including charts relating to Chest Pain, and Resuscitation.

The Resuscitation chart contains a step-by-step guide to conducting CPR, so that even if you have not learned the technique in a formal training session, you can still conduct CPR. In an emergency situation, any CPR is better than no CPR.

If you would like FREE copies of these charts, please contact our Sunshine Coast Training Centre and we can have some posted out to you. Alternatively, you can download these from our website.

To find out more about Allens Training Sunshine Coast courses in CPR and first aid, including response to cardiac arrest emergencies, contact 07 5438 8888 or


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