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COPD mortality is rising; it's now the third leading cause of death in the United States. But, early diagnosis and aggressive management can improve quality and length of life for patients.
While COPD is more likely among former and current smokers, as many as one out of six Americans with COPD has never smoked.
A criterion for COPD diagnosis is a post-bronchodilator FEV1/FVC ‹ 0.7.
While 12 million Americans are diagnosed with COPD, research shows that many do not get optimal treatment. Another 12 million may have the disease and remain undiagnosed.
Learn more at copd.nhlbi.nih.gov