Diet and exercise dent Australia's cardiac report card

Very few people are in ideal cardiovascular health

Just 15 out of every 1000 Australians are in "ideal" cardiovascular health, a study suggests.

cardiology alert

In the first study of its kind, University of Queensland epidemiologists have examined how well Australians score on the American Heart Association's Life's Simple 7.

But scoring a tick for all seven of the metrics seems anything but simple. Just 0.15% of Australian adults passed all seven, meaning they meet the criteria for 'ideal cardiac health'.

The hardest tick to earn was eating properly: only 4.8% of Australian adults manage to munch through the fruit and vegetable