Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a term which refers to a large group of lung diseases characterized by obstruction of air flow that interferes with normal breathing. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the most important conditions that compose COPD and they frequently coexist.
COPD affects 16.4 million adults and accounts for millions of emergency department visits and tens of billions in healthcare costs each year. This report presents descriptions, figures, and links to more detailed tables on trends and current patterns of the burden of COPD.
View trends and disparities in COPD mortality (deaths) rates and counts, including by age, gender, and race/ethnicity.