Puerto Rico 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 in Puerto Rico. These diseases obstruct air flow to the lungs and affect millions of Americans. There is no cure, though they can be treated. The mortality data shown here is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 


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, Puerto Rico 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 CDC, in 2017, 8.6 million Americans were diagnosed with chronic bronchitis and 3.4 million with emphysema.

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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.