Mortality from ischemic heart disease falls in the UK - but more lives are lost to Alzheimer's disease

Posted by ap507 at Dec 18, 2014 09:55 AM |
In the United Kingdom, average life expectancy for men increased to 79.1 years. Women's average life expectancy increased to 82.8 years in 2013

Today, fewer people are dying from ischemic heart disease and stroke in the United Kingdom, according to a new, comprehensive analysis of trend data from 188 countries.

Professor Terry Brugha (pictured) from the Department of Health Sciences, was one of the scientists involved in the new study, which found that mortality from ischemic heart disease dropped 45% between 1990 and 2013. At the same time, a number of diseases, including Alzheimer's disease and esophageal cancer, claimed more lives in the United Kingdom in 2013 than in 1990.

Life expectancy improved for both men and women in the United Kingdom, at an average of 5.3 years gained since 1990.

The study also revealed how some diseases and injuries cause different mortality patterns for males and females. For example, in the United Kingdom, lung cancer took a greater toll on men, killing 21,651 males and 16,179 females in 2013. By contrast, stroke claimed 34,944 women’s lives and 22,202 men’s lives.

Published in The Lancet, "Global, regional, and national age-sex specific all-cause and cause-specific mortality for 240 causes of death, 1990-2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013" was conducted by an international consortium of researchers coordinated by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington.