-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
FRIDAY, Oct. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Deaths from chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are more common in rural or
poor areas, according to new research from the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention.
"Many factors contribute to the differences in COPD mortality, including smoking prevalence, air quality and access to health care," said study co-author James Holt, a CDC researcher. "People with COPD who live in rural or poor areas have an even greater disadvantage. COPD patients, especially those in rural and poor areas, may benefit from additional case management and risk reduction."
After analyzing U.S. Census data, the researchers identified
more than 900,000 deaths from the chronic lung disease between 2000
and 2007. Of these, about 88 percent involved people older than 65;
about 12 percent were 45 to 64, and 0.5 percent were younger than
Large urban areas had the lowest COPD death rate, while rural
areas had the highest number of deaths related to the condition,
the study found.
Poverty also influenced deaths from COPD for people between ages
45 and 64, the researchers noted.
Smoking is the No. 1 risk factor for COPD, which is the third
leading cause of death in the United States.
The study was scheduled for presentation this week at the annual
meeting of the American College of Physicians, in Atlanta. Data and
conclusions presented at meetings should be considered preliminary
until published in a peer-reviewed medical journal.
The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute provides more
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