Taking Her Breath Away: The Rise of COPD in Women

Taking Her Breath Away: The Rise of COPD in Women
The number of deaths among women from COPD has increased four-fold over the past three decades.

Disparities in Lung Health Series

More than 7 million women in the United States live with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Millions more have the disease but are undiagnosed, possibly due to the common misdiagnosis of asthma for female COPD patients. In fact, the number of deaths among women from COPD has increased four-fold over the past three decades and, since 2000, more women than men in this country have died of the disease. Additionally, research shows women diagnosed with COPD experience higher rates of anxiety, depression and report lower quality of life.

Driven by these statistics and its commitment to educating the public, protecting lung health and creating solutions to lung health disparities, the American Lung Association, with sponsorship support from Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., has issued a public re-release of its 2013 publication "Taking Her Breath Away: The Rise of COPD in Women."

A patient-friendly, consumer version of the report is available online and through the Lung HelpLine (1-800-LUNGUSA), a resource staffed by experienced nurses and respiratory therapists to answer questions about lung disease and offer support. A full version of the report is also available.

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Sunovion Pharmacueticals, Inc.
Reissue, printing and distribution of this 2013 report sponsored by Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.