Dementia the leading cause of death… if you discount its partners in crime

A letter from our February 2017 edition.

A 14 November 2016 headline stated dementia is now the ‘leading cause of death in England and Wales’ (The Guardian), overtaking ischaemic heart disease [see also our news report]. Dementia mortality rate has ‘more than doubled’ since 2010, and ischaemic heart disease ‘declined sharply over the same period’.

As my team daily assesses people with comorbid ischaemic disease,


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