What is this article about?
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of the 10 major chronic conditions in Australia. The other main chronic diseases are asthma, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), arthritis, back pain, cancer, chronic kidney disease, osteoporosis and mental health conditions. Chronic diseases are on the rise and are a priority area for the health system. Unfortunately, at present, chronic diseases affect half of the Australian population, with 47% of people having at least one of the 10 major chronic conditions