Tasmanians are being urged to prioritise their heart health, after a survey from the Heart Foundation revealed the state has the second-highest rate of death per 100,000 people from heart diseases.
In more bad news for the state, Tasmania tops the national list in the prevalence of obesity - one of the key risk factors for coronary heart disease. More than one in three Tasmanians are obese.
Heart Foundation Tasmania chief executive Graeme Lynch said Tasmania performed badly in several indicators of heart health.
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"We rank at or near the top in fatalities and hospitalisations from heart problems," he said.
"We have the second-highest smoking rate, and we're third poorest when it comes to physical inactivity and high blood pressure."
Tasmania had also seen an increase in the rate of hospitalisation for coronary heart disease since 2012.
"Across the nation, the average rate has fallen by 10 per cent," Mr Lynch said.
At a regional level, the West and North West had the worst statistics.
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"This mirrors findings in the rest of the country," Mr Lynch said.
"It's apparent that people who live in regional and remote areas are in the heart-disease firing line. Rates of obesity, smoking, high blood pressure and low levels of physical activity are a significant problem in these locations."
The Heart Foundation is urging Tasmanians to take their heart health seriously, including booking in for a check with their GP.
Advice also includes quitting smoking, monitoring alcohol intake and 30 minutes of physical activity a day.
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