People with COPD often have other chronic diseases and long-term conditions. These are referred to as 'comorbidities'—two or more health problems that are present at the same time. Comorbidities are typically more common in older age groups.
52% of people with COPD also report arthritis followed by cardiovascular disease (49%) and asthma (42%)
73% of people with COPD aged 65 and over also report cardiovascular disease
Adults with COPD were 1.7 times as likely to report being a current daily smoker as adults without COPD
9 out of 10 Australians with asthma report at least one other chronic condition in 2014–15
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