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Fast Facts: Wisconsin Had 15,888 COPD Inpatient Admissions

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.

Life is difficult with COPD, from chronic cough and shortness of breath to fatigue and wheezing. 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, with options that include medication, pulmonary rehabilitation, physical activity training and oxygen treatment.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Day is November 21. Learn more Fast Facts and other interesting data sets on WHAIC’s website.