Table 1—

Incidence and prevalence of a selected number of respiratory and cardiac diseases in general practice, frequency of shortness of breath as the presenting symptom for the different diseases, and likelihood of diagnosis following presentation of shortness of breath

DiseaseIncidence#Prevalence#Shortness of breath
Frequency as presenting symptom %Likelihood of diagnosis following presentation %
Asthma3212910
COPD2.525383
Acute upper respiratory tract infection19317
Acute bronchitis221028
Heart failure212359
  • Based on data from 2022. COPD: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. #: data presented as number of cases per 1,000 patients.