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Morbidity

  • Asthma accounts for almost 2 million emergency room visits each year.
  • Each year, asthma accounts for more than 14 million doctor visits and 439,000 hospitalizations.4
  • The average length of stay (LOS) for asthma hospitalizations is 3.6 days.5
  • Asthma is the third-ranking cause of hospitalization in children.3
  • African Americans are three times more likely to be hospitalized from asthma.6 

Mortality

  • Each day 9 Americans die from asthma. There are more than 3,600 deaths due to asthma each year, many of which are avoidable with proper treatment and care.4 
  • Women account for almost 65% of asthma deaths, and African American women have the highest mortality rate due to asthma.7
  • Since 1999, asthma mortality rates have decreased by 26%.2
  • African Americans are three times more likely to die from asthma.4 

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