Sunday, January 15, 2006

mortality, disease-specific in the elderly

In all industrialized societies the major causes of death in the elderly are the cardiovascular diseases such as ischemic heart disease, cerebrovascular diseases, and strokes. In developed nations infectious diseases and cancer are not as deadly as they were 50 years ago. Death due to disease has steadily decreased over the years. This is probably due to better medical care.
Brocklehurst, J. C. Textbook of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology. New York: Churchill Livingstone, 1985.

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