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  • In 2013, heart, stroke and blood vessel diseases accounted for nearly one third (30 per cent) of all deaths in Australia.
  • The biggest cause of death from heart disease and stroke is the progressive blocking of blood vessels with a build-up of fatty substances and cellular waste (plaques).
  • Plaque build-up in the arteries supplying blood to your heart muscle can trigger angina or a heart attack.
  • Plaque build-up and blood clots in arteries supplying blood to the brain can cause a stroke.
  • You can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke by making healthy lifestyle choices and having regular medical check-ups.

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Reviewed on: 13-10-2015