Chronic lower respiratory disease, primarily chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), is a leading cause of death in Utah and the United States. COPD is a condition that restricts airflow into the lungs, making it difficult to breathe. COPD is most commonly a mix of chronic bronchitis and emphysema, and usually results from tobacco use, although it can also be a result of pollutants in the air, genetic factors, and respiratory infections. Common symptoms include shortness of breath, wheezing, and chronic cough. There is no cure, but smoking cessation, medications, and therapy or surgery can help individuals manage their symptoms.
This indicator shows the age-adjusted death rate per 100,000 population due to chronic lower respiratory diseases.