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How common are breathing disorders?

Breathing disorders are a very common problem, and the incidence of breathing disorders has risen over the last 20 years. Millions of Americans have a breathing disorder. Breathing disorders as a group cause about 14% of the deaths in the United States. They are the number three killer of people in this country.

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