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Most common cause of death in England and Wales in 2013 was heart disease in men and dementia in women

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1156 (Published 02 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1156
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

The leading cause of death among men in England and Wales in 2013 was ischaemic heart disease, accounting for 15.4% of deaths, while among women it was dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, which caused 12.2% of deaths, show the latest statistics.1 Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease overtook heart disease as the leading cause of death among women in 2012.

Altogether there were 506 790 deaths in England and Wales in 2013, up 1.5% from 2012. The second leading cause of death among …

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