Navigation Links
Minnesota Department of Health Report: Nearly 6,000 Hospitalizations for COPD in 2007
Date:2/9/2010

SAINT PAUL, Minn., Feb. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The nation's fourth leading cause of death, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), is now being measured by the Minnesota Department of Health's Environmental Public Health Tracking Program. The program focuses on three major causes of hospitalizations in Minnesota that can be triggered or made worse by environmental factors such as secondhand smoke or outdoor air pollution — asthma, heart attacks and COPD.

The report indicates that 3.4 percent of adult Minnesotans report having COPD, among those 65 or older the rate is much higher, 7.4 percent. For seniors 85 or older, COPD is even more common, as hospitalizations for the chronic lung disease has nearly tripled between 1996 and 2007. This trend in Minnesota mirrors national statistics, although the state's age-adjusted mortality rates for adults 45 years and older per 100,000 population is lower (78.4 percent) than the national average (88.5 percent).

Minnesota's lower death rates for COPD may be a result of the state's excellent health facilities, higher than average health insurance coverage, and a focus on the lung disease not found in other states. Minnesota is one of the few states to track COPD statewide with the Minnesota Behavioral Risk Factor Survey System. It also was one of the first states with a coalition of caregivers and research focused on COPD. In 2008, the Minnesota COPD Coalition and the American Lung Association in Minnesota issued a joint report that for the first time looked at the scope and cost of COPD in the state. Among the key findings:

  • In 2006, 1,760 Minnesotans aged 45 and older died of COPD
  • From 1996 to 2007, emergency department visits due to COPD increased 250 percent
  • While males have a higher rate of death due to COPD, females are quickly closing the gap
  • The average cost of hospitalization for COPD is high: $18,975, excluding professional fees.

"We applaud, loudly, MDH's inclusion of COPD in their tracking program and anticipate more people hearing about this quiet killer of five Minnesotans daily," said Al Heaton, PharmD, pharmacy director at UCare and chair the American Lung Association's Minnesota COPD Coalition.  

Links to websites:

MDH  http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/tracking/hospreport.pdf

ALAMN  http://www.alamn.org/pdf/MNCOPDreport.pdf

SOURCE American Lung Association of Minnesota

RELATED LINKS
http://www.alamn.org/

'/>"/>

SOURCE American Lung Association of Minnesota
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Securians Minnesota Life Continues to Climb Group Life Rankings
2. Fresh Air Campaign to Showcase Minnesotans Love of Smoke-Free Air
3. Four Minnesota Hospitals Rate High For Patient Safety and Quality
4. First-in-the-Nation Health Care Billing Policy Announced in Minnesota
5. Help is Available for Smokers Who Want to Quit as Minnesotas Smoke-Free Law Takes Effect Oct. 1
6. Maryland, Minnesota Go Smoke-free Oct. 1 - Pennsylvania Overdue in Following Suit
7. New National Medicaid Study: Minnesota Under Funds Seniors Nursing Home Care $167 Million Annually
8. Blue Cross and Partners to Host Combat Stress Conference for Minnesotas Health Care Professionals
9. TV Documentary Examines Three Decades of Tobacco Politics, Policies and People in Minnesota
10. Minneapolis Hosts National Conference on Tobacco or Health October 24-26 on Heels of Minnesotas Statewide, Smoke-Free Law
11. Mayo Clinic Calls for Thorough Review of Canadian Pacifics Acquisition of the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/25/2017)... ... September 25, 2017 , ... SyncDog, Inc., ... of SentinelSecure™, version 3.0, will be available in a managed cloud services model, ... SentinelSecure™ comes with several new enhancements including support for caller ID and network ...
(Date:9/25/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Nissar A. Darmani, PhD, has been awarded a record WesternU ... nausea and vomiting. Dr. Darmani is Associate Dean of Basic Medical Sciences in ... is from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) arm of the National Institutes of Health ...
(Date:9/25/2017)... ... September 25, 2017 , ... Just ask anyone old enough to remember what ... headgear so wired up and containing so much metal that jokes about radio reception ... its treatments can barely be observed. As a result, it’s now a billion-dollar industry ...
(Date:9/25/2017)... ... September 25, 2017 , ... Winners in ... announced on Friday, September 22 during a gala event in New York City. ... achievements and HR-related products and suppliers who help to create and drive great ...
(Date:9/25/2017)... ... September 25, 2017 , ... How many things are on your average daily ... “more than any sane human could possibly complete,” then you’re all too familiar with ... desperately trying to be everything to everybody all the time. , Self-proclaimed overly productive ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/7/2017)... BOTHELL, Wash. , Sept. 7, 2017   BioLife ... developer, manufacturer and marketer of proprietary clinical grade cell and ... media ("BioLife"), announces that Mike Rice , President and ... Rodman & Renshaw 19 th ... 3:25 p.m. Eastern time (12:25 p.m. Pacific time). The conference ...
(Date:9/6/2017)... -- Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY ... galcanezumab and lasmiditan, two investigational treatments for migraine, at ... taking place Sept. 7-10 in Vancouver ... data from an open-label study evaluating the safety and ... 240 mg) for the prevention of migraine. Galcanezumab is ...
(Date:9/5/2017)... , Sept. 5, 2017 Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc. ... ), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on the development ... has successfully concluded its meeting with the U.S. Food ... oral insulin formulation. ... the regulatory pathway for submission of ORMD-0801, would be ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: