MI survival rises, but more people living with disability

But the organisation warns more Australians are now living with coronary heart disease and disability following an attack.

Myocardial infarction killed 14,443 people nationwide in 2001 compared with 9811 in 2011.

Canberra enjoyed the greatest drop in death rates over the decade, with a 60% decrease, while the Northern Territory had the smallest improvement, with a 28% decrease.

Victoria was exactly on the national average, with a 39% drop.

Heart Foundation CEO Lyn Roberts said survivors needed to remember that they were at high risk of having another.

"Many Australian men and women are missing the message that treatment for heart attack is not a cure for heart disease – they need to adopt a healthy lifestyle and maintain regular reviews with their doctor to prevent a repeat heart attack," she said. 

"Really, that's a message for people who are at risk of having a heart attack, as well as those who have had