Data from the National Vital Statistics System, Mortality •From 2000 through 2014, the age-adjusted rate for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)-related deaths decreased 22.5% for men and 3.8% for women aged 25 and over. •Between 2000 and 2014, the COPD-related death rate decreased for both men and women aged 65-84 and for men aged 85 and over. The rate increased for both men and women aged 45-64 and for women aged 85 and over. •The age-adjusted death rate declined for white men but remained stable for white women from 2000 through 2014. •The age-adjusted death rate declined for black men but increased for black women from 2000 through 2014. •The major underlying causes of death for COPD-related deaths were COPD, heart disease, and cancer for both men and women.
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