COPD opposites: Utah and West Virginia


New estimates of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may have Utah residents breathing a sigh of relief. West Virginians, not so much.

Estimated chronic obstructive pulmonary disease prevalence

The Beehive State has the lowest prevalence of COPD in the country at 2,710 per 100,000 population, while the Mountain State tops the charts at 11,130 per 100,000, according to estimates from the American Lung Association. (Crude rates were calculated by MDedge News using the ALA’s estimates for total persons with COPD in each state and Census Bureau estimates for population.)

Other states with freer-breathing residents include Minnesota, which was just behind Utah with an estimated rate of 3,000 per 100,000 population, Hawaii (3,182), Colorado (3,334), and California (3,409). West Virginia’s rate, however, seems to be an outlier. The state with the next-highest rate, Kentucky, has a calculated prevalence of 8,890 per 100,000 population, followed by Tennessee at 7,880, Alabama at 7,400, and Arkansas at 7,330, using the ALA’s estimates, which were based on data from the 2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey.

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