More than 16 million Americans live with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe. The Centers for Disease Control reported a 5% COPD prevalence rate in Wisconsin. According to the WHA Information Center (WHAIC), there were 15,888 inpatient admissions related to COPD – including 18,244 emergency room visits – to Wisconsin hospitals between January 2017 and June 2018.
COPD is the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. (after cancer and heart disease), but the good news is that COPD is often preventable and treatable. COPD Day is November 21. Learn more Fast Facts and other interesting data sets
on WHAIC’s website.