COPD: out of sight, out of control

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COPD: out of sight, out of control

The Chronicle Herald, December 13, 2005
By Dr. Dennis Bowie

Where other leading causes of death are static or declining, COPD is rising. The hospitalization rates for COPD patients are increasing, and in Nova Scotia, those rates are 37 per cent higher than the national average. It is estimated COPD afflicts eight per cent of Canadians, which represents about 75,000 Nova Scotians. But since we have higher rates of smoking and respiratory diseases generally, we can assume that figure is extremely conservative. We also believe many patients with this disease go unrecognized. COPD will soon be the province's third leading cause of death.

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