The final version of a coordinated nationwide plan to address chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the third leading cause of death in the United States, was unveiled last month by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at the American Thoracic Society conference in Washington, DC.
The COPD death rate has doubled since 1969, even as mortality from other chronic conditions has declined, according to the NHLBI. The disease is the fourth main cause of disability and by 2020 the annual cost of caring for patients with COPD is projected to increase by 53% from 2010 levels and reach $49 billion.
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