Thursday, 3 June 2010

Better hospital care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experiencing heart attack

The Heart Foundation and Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association report "Better hospital care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experiencing heart attack" is now available.

This report addresses the disparities in hospital care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with acute coronary syndromes (ACS) and makes practical recommendations to close the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heart health.

The report was developed in response to the 2006 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare findings that, compared with other Australians, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people had:

* three times the rate of major coronary events, such as heart attack
* 1.4 times the out-of-hospital death rate from coronary heart disease(CHD)
* more than twice the in-hospital death rate from CHD
* a 40% lower rate of being investigated by angiography
* a 40% lower rate of coronary angioplasty or stent procedures
* a 20% lower rate of coronary bypass surgery.

"Better hospital care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experiencing heart attack" aims to raise awareness of these issues among governments, hospitals, clinicians and other interested parties.

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