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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with coronary heart disease: further perspectives on health status and treatment

by Mathur S, Moon L, Leigh S

Report
Year 2006
City Canberra
Institution Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Date 27 September
Report number AIHW Catalogue no. CVD 33

Abstract

This study found that Indigenous people are considerably more likely to suffer a heart attack than other Australians; and are more likely to die as a consequence (whether admitted to hospital or not). If admitted to hospital, Indigenous people are less likely to receive key medical investigations or procedures such as angioplasty or coronary bypass surgery. The study considers the various factors that contribute to higher Indigenous death rates from coronary heart disease, such as: vulnerability to heart attack; complexity of cases; and treatment inadequacies. The report highlights the need to reduce the health inequalities that Indigenous people experience in relation to coronary heart disease.

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