Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease Mortality, African Americans, 2008 – 2014

Data Source: NVSS-M (CDC/NCHS) ; Bridged-Race Population Estimates for Census 2000 and 2010 (CDC, Census, CDC/NCHS and Census, CDC/NCHS)


CLRD comprises three major diseases, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma, that are all characterized by shortness of breath caused by airway obstruction. According to the 1998 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), in that year 3.6% of African-Americans had received such a diagnosis, compared with over five percent (5.1%) of whites, 2.2% of persons of other races, and 2.7% of Hispanics. As with chronic bronchitis, whites (1.8%) were more likely to report an emphysema diagnosis than African-Americans (0.9%), other races (0.6%), or Hispanics (0.6%).