What is the best disease from which to die?


A somewhat odd article, although not without merit, that our success in reducing the risk of heart attacks means that more of us will live long enough to suffer more drawn out diseases, with poorer quality of life. I am not sure I buy this completely, but it does underline the importance of quality, not just quantity, of life.

Though ideally we’d all live to a great old age and drop dead from a heart attack, to delay such an end through healthy behaviors is likely to prevent such an end in the first place. Eventually, science will offer better treatments for the other diseases that living longer makes us all more likely to contract, but for now, we all have to live with the truth that decreasing the risk of dying from one disease has increased our risk from dying from other, arguably more horrible ones. And though realizing this hasn’t diminished my enthusiasm for helping patients to decrease their risk of dying from heart disease, it does refocus me on the quality of life that such interventions are trying to buy them.

What, then, is the best disease from which to die? Unfortunately, the one we’re the best at preventing.

What is the best disease from which to die?.


7 thoughts on “What is the best disease from which to die?

    • Thanks for sharing. While fortunately or unfortunately, I am very familiar with blood cancer terminology, for my benefit, as well as other readers, could you tell us the difference. I assume it means an irregularity that does not actually cause any permanent damage and has lower risk but I have learned, when in doubt, ask.

      • Sustained arrhythmia is when the heart beats irregular, in ventricular fibrillation it beats very fast and in an uncoordinated fashion. Think of a bowl of jello wiggling. It is fast you pass on and pass on. A heart attack can go on for days for some people before they succumb, it is painful, with lots of symptoms such as shortness of breath, sweating profusely, nausea etc. The blockage in the artery doesn’t allow blood to flow to the heart muscle wall, and then it becomes damaged. If the damage is extensive one passes away. Take the arrhythmia any day.

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