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Hypothesis that people with coronary heart disease are living longer is supported

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 21 June 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1828
  1. P S Watson, Director of acute servicesa,
  2. D C Bensley, Section head, economics and operational research divisionb
  1. a Cambridge and Huntingdon Health Authority, Fulbourn Hospital, Cambridge CBI 5EF
  2. b NHS Executive, Leeds LS2 7UE

    Editor—Luc Bonneux and colleagues argue that the fall in mortality from coronary heart disease in the Netherlands is at least partly due to increasing numbers of survivors of coronary heart disease dying of other disorders.1 Several commentators have estimated that 30-40% of the recent fall in coronary heart disease can be attributed to improved treatment rather than a reduction in the incidence of the disease.2 3

    A similar effect …

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