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Asthma and COPD hospitalizations and asthma emergency department visits in Minnesota cities:

Here we display sub-county indicators across three Minnesota mid-sized cities outside of the 7-county metro region. Health outcomes include asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) for Duluth, Rochester and St. Cloud. All cities are calculated using zip-code area regions defined by local public health, and are compared to their respective county area that remains outside of the city.

Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in the United States. People with asthma have airways that narrow more easily than people who do not have asthma. People with asthma are often allergic or sensitive to inhaled allergens or irritants. The causes of airway abnormality and their relationship to allergies and irritants are not known.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease  (COPD) is a group of lung diseases that makes it difficult to breathe. Other names for COPD include emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Smoking is the leading cause of COPD. Other risk factors for COPD are long-term workplace exposures to certain environmental lung irritants and genetic predisposition. There is no cure, but measures can be taken to prevent COPD and slow the progression of the disease.

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City asthma hospital rates compared to the state
City asthma ED rates compared to the state
City COPD hospital rates compared to the state

Related links

Asthma hospitalizations map, statewide by county and metro only by zipcode

COPD hospitalization map, statewide by county and metro only by zipcode