Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Includes: Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema

Data are for the U.S.

Morbidity
  • Number of adults with diagnosed chronic bronchitis in the past year: 9.0 million
  • Percent of adults with diagnosed chronic bronchitis in the past year: 3.6%
  • Number of adults who have ever been diagnosed with emphysema: 3.8 million
  • Percent of adults who have ever been diagnosed with emphysema: 1.5%

Source: Summary Health Statistics Tables for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2018, tables A-2b, A-2c pdf icon[PDF – 166 KB]

Physician office visits
  • Number of physician office visits with emphysema and other chronic obstructive pulmonary disease as the primary diagnosis: 5.7 million

Source: National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2016 National Summary Tables, table 15 pdf icon[PDF – 793 KB]

Emergency department visits
  • Number of emergency department visits with emphysema and other chronic obstructive pulmonary disease as the primary diagnosis: 923,000

Source: National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2017 Emergency Department Summary Tables, table 12 pdf icon[PDF – 863 KB]

Mortality

Chronic lower respiratory diseases (including asthma) deaths

  • Number of deaths: 159,486
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 48.7
  • Cause of death rank: 4

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality Data (2018) via CDC WONDER 

Bronchitis (chronic and unspecified) deaths

  • Number of deaths: 492
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 0.2

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality Data (2018) via CDC WONDER

Emphysema deaths

  • Number deaths: 7,560
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 2.3

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality Data (2018) via CDC WONDER

Other chronic lower respiratory diseases (excluding asthma) deaths

  • Number of deaths: 147,993
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 45.2

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality Data (2018) via CDC WONDER

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Page last reviewed: October 30, 2020