Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, is caused by airway blockages in the lungs that make breathing difficult. Nearly 15.7 million Americans are diagnosed with COPD in the United States every year, but estimates show many people do not know they have the disease. Being tested is important, since COPD is one of the top causes of death in the United States. COPD is not curable, but it is treatable. A doctor can check you for COPD and start treatment. Learn the causes and symptoms to protect your health.
COPD data for hospitalizations are available on the MiTracking data portal.