A recent study found that indigenous people who live in remote areas have a higher risk of developing the heart disease heart disease.
Researchers at the University of New South Wales studied 1,400 indigenous people living in New South Welsh, Western Australia, and Tasmania, and found that people with a higher percentage of heart disease risk factors, such as being born in the region, were more likely to have heart disease symptoms and have a lower life expectancy.
“This is the most consistent finding from our study, and shows that we are not the only people who have heart risk factors in these regions,” Dr. Stephen R. Gueffre, an investigator at the university’s Heart Research Institute and one of the study’s authors, told Recode.
“There are other factors in our study that also show up in the heart, such a history of coronary artery disease, and there are also other lifestyle factors.”
Heart disease is the third leading cause of death in the United States, and is the leading cause for death in indigenous communities, according to the World Health Organization.
It’s estimated that around 7.6 million indigenous people live in Australia, with around half of those people living on remote indigenous lands.
“It’s not surprising that heart disease and cardiovascular disease rates are higher among people in remote Indigenous communities than anywhere else,” GueFFRE said.
“There are many health issues that are associated with these kinds of conditions, and that’s why it’s important to make sure that people are getting adequate care and that we’re making sure that indigenous Australians are getting the right health services, because this is an issue that impacts on all Australians.”
In Australia, Indigenous Australians are one of Australia’s fastest growing ethnic groups, and in 2016, they made up nearly 60 percent of the country’s population.
The Heart Foundation of Australia is a registered charity with a national focus on improving heart health.