Tracking Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in Vermont
COPD refers to a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
Almost 15.7 million Americans – 6.4% – reported that they have been diagnosed with COPD, but the actual number may be higher, as COPD is known to be underdiagnosed.
The prevalence of COPD generally increases with age. An estimated 24% of all Americans 65 years and older have COPD.