health

Heart disease still the biggest killer

New figures from the Swedish Board of Health and Welfare today show what people in Sweden die of. Last year 90,000 people died in Sweden, three quarters of them aged over 75.

Heart disease is the single biggest cause of death, causing well over a third of deaths, with tumours being the next biggest cause, accounting for about a quarter.

Since 1987 death from most forms of cancer has been falling or standing still, and death from heart disease has also been reduced.

There is a strong growth in the number of deaths due to dementia, but this may be partly due to doctors now being more likely to give this as a cause of death.