Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) refers to a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems. It includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and in some cases asthma. Smoking is the leading cause of COPD, but other risk factors or exposures that make COPD worse include air pollution and workplace lung irritants. By tracking emergency department visits and hospitalizations for COPD we can better understand how rates of the disease change over time and differ based on geography, age, and gender.
What data are available?
Maine tracks the following measures associated with COPD:
- Emergency Department (ED) Visits
Where can I find more information about Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease?
- Find COPD data from other states on the National Tracking Network.
- Get COPD information from the U.S. CDC and American Lung Association