Washington County COPD and Asthma Death Statistics

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Chronic lower respiratory disease, which includes asthma and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), is a leading cause of death in the United States and a public health concern for Washington County, Indiana. These diseases obstruct air flow to the lungs and affect millions of Americans. There is no cure, though they can be treated. 

CLRD vs. COPD

The term COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is sometimes used interchangeably with CLRD (chronic lower respiratory disease). In fact, CLRD is a slightly broader category. It includes asthma as well as COPD.

COPD itself comprises two main diseases: chronic bronchitis and emphysema. While these diseases are separate and distinguished, Washington County residents with COPD may suffer from more than one of them at once. For instance, the majority of patients have both chronic bronchitis and emphysema to differing degrees. This is because chronic bronchitis usually progresses into emphysema. According to the CDCin 2017, 8.6 million Americans were diagnosed with chronic bronchitis and 3.4 million with emphysema.

Note: Data for counties and demographic groups with small populations may not be available: the CDC does not report death rates with small numerator values.

How does the death rate vary by sex in Washington County?

How does COPD and asthma mortality vary by race in Washington County?

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About the Data

Mortality data in this story was queried from the CDC Wonder API, based on the following parameters:

• Data reported as Underlying Cause of Death, ICD-10 codes: J40-J47.