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Mainstay of the Global Workforce - 40-65 Year Olds - Hit Hardest by Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Date:11/18/2009

from the report include: - COPD costs more than asthma and diabetes - The cost of COPD exceeds that of many other serious, long-term conditions including asthma and diabetes(7). The worldwide burden of COPD is nearly double that of diabetes and it causes more deaths(6). - Effective COPD treatment must look beyond smoking cessation - It is true that the primary cause of COPD is cigarette smoke(8) and smoking cessation is an important part of COPD management. Yet many former smokers develop symptoms and are diagnosed a decade or two after they stopped. In fact, even if all smoking stopped today, the effect on COPD statistics would not be seen for up to 20 years(9). - COPD puts pressure on healthcare systems - One in six European and U.S. patients had visited the ER or hospital in a six month period 2006-20075. Extrapolating these figures indicates that up to 64 million COPD patients globally may be admitted to hospital due to their condition each year. Additionally, a large majority of COPD patients suffer from co-morbidities, such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes(10-13). In fact, 40 percent suffer from heart disease10 and as many as 42 percent from high blood pressure(12,13). - Families may also face burden - More women than men are now being be diagnosed with COPD(14) - a patient segment central to family care.

About COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a debilitating, life-threatening and progressive lung disease that interferes with normal breathing(8). It is thought to cause around three million deaths per year - on average one person every 10 seconds(4). COPD refers to emphysema and chronic bronchitis - two commonly co-existing diseases of the lung. Due to lung deterioration, people with COPD experience symptoms like chronic shortness of breath and cough that impact the ability to
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