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Perspective
March 2014

Heart Disease as the Number One Cause of Death Among the Elderly

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston
  • 2Sealy Center on Aging, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston
JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(3):322. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.13663

“Is this Dr Goodwin?”

“Yes.”

“Dr Goodwin, my name is John Fenton. I work at the coroner’s office.”

“Hi.”

“Hello, were you aware that your patient, Mr Black, passed away yesterday?”

“My patient Mr Black?”

“Marvin Black, an 89-year-old man who lived on Elliot Street? His daughter said you were his physician.”

“I think I remember. Hold on just a second and I can get the electronic record.” Two minutes pass. “Here it is. I saw him about every 6 months; last time was about a year ago. Not a lot of medical problems. He was on drugs for blood pressure and nocturia. He had increasing trouble getting around. Very frail. How did he die?”

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