How prevalent is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the US?

Updated: Aug 15, 2019
  • Author: Paul Kleinschmidt, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
  • Print
Answer

In smokers, two thirds of men and one fourth of women have emphysema at death. Overall, 6.3% of the US adult population have been told by a healthcare worker that they have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or about 15 million individuals. It is notable that many more have never been formally diagnosed.


Did this answer your question?
Additional feedback? (Optional)
Thank you for your feedback!