2018 BRFSS Survey Results: North Carolina

Respiratory Health

Do you have shortness of breath either when hurrying on level ground or when walking up a slight hill or stairs?

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  Total
Respond.^
Yes No
N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%)
TOTAL 3,759 1,039 25.4 23.7-27.2 2,720 74.6 72.8-76.3
GENDER
Male 1,689 371 20.0 17.7-22.5 1,318 80.0 77.5-82.3
Female 2,070 668 30.0 27.6-32.6 1,402 70.0 67.4-72.4
RACE/ETHNICITY
Non-Hispanic White 2,489 689 25.5 23.4-27.8 1,800 74.5 72.2-76.6
Non-Hispanic Black 728 232 28.7 24.8-33.0 496 71.3 67.0-75.2
Non-Hispanic Am Indian 80 *** *** *** *** *** ***
Non-Hispanic Other 120 26 14.4 9.1-21.9 94 85.6 78.1-90.9
Hispanic 297 42 13.1 9.3-18.1 255 86.9 81.9-90.7
AGE
18-34 656 98 15.6 12.6-19.2 558 84.4 80.8-87.4
35-44 483 89 18.5 14.6-23.2 394 81.5 76.8-85.4
45-54 644 164 25.3 21.2-29.8 480 74.7 70.2-78.8
55-64 706 221 29.8 25.7-34.2 485 70.2 65.8-74.3
65-74 753 267 36.2 31.5-41.2 486 63.8 58.8-68.5
75+ 458 188 40.4 34.5-46.6 270 59.6 53.4-65.5
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 441 173 37.7 32.1-43.7 268 62.3 56.3-67.9
H.S. or G.E.D. 928 316 28.7 25.4-32.3 612 71.3 67.7-74.6
Some Post-H.S. 1,119 323 25.2 22.2-28.5 796 74.8 71.5-77.8
College Graduate 1,264 225 15.0 12.8-17.5 1,039 85.0 82.5-87.2
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 341 183 50.5 43.5-57.5 158 49.5 42.5-56.5
$15,000- 24,999 586 220 33.0 28.4-38.0 366 67.0 62.0-71.6
$25,000- 34,999 333 103 28.0 22.6-34.2 230 72.0 65.8-77.4
$35,000- 49,999 434 108 23.7 19.2-29.0 326 76.3 71.0-80.8
$50,000-74,999 491 99 18.8 14.7-23.6 392 81.2 76.4-85.3
$75,000+ 844 123 15.2 12.3-18.5 721 84.8 81.5-87.7
Don't know/Not sure or Refused 732 203 26.1 22.1-30.5 529 73.9 69.5-77.9
FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY
Yes 1,263 655 50.3 46.7-53.9 608 49.7 46.1-53.3
No 2,483 382 14.3 12.7-16.1 2,101 85.7 83.9-87.3
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 506 147 26.9 22.0-32.5 359 73.1 67.5-78.0
Non-Veteran 3,253 892 25.2 23.4-27.1 2,361 74.8 72.9-76.6
RURAL-URBAN RESIDENT1
Urban 906 192 20.9 17.9-24.2 714 79.1 75.8-82.1
Regional City or Suburban County 867 234 25.2 21.8-29.0 633 74.8 71.0-78.2
Rural 1,988 613 28.6 26.1-31.3 1,375 71.4 68.7-73.9
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Employed or Self-Employed 1,847 301 15.9 14.0-18.1 1,546 84.1 81.9-86.0
Unemployed 122 40 32.8 23.5-43.6 82 67.2 56.4-76.5
Retired 1,141 402 33.8 30.2-37.5 739 66.2 62.5-69.8
Unable to Work 382 242 66.3 60.0-72.0 140 33.7 28.0-40.0
Other not in Labor Force 248 49 17.5 12.7-23.8 199 82.5 76.2-87.3
POVERTY LEVEL2
Less than 50% 120 *** *** *** *** *** ***
50% to 100% 295 120 34.6 28.1-41.6 175 65.4 58.4-71.9
101% to 150% 553 222 36.3 31.5-41.4 331 63.7 58.6-68.5
151% to 200% 257 77 26.9 20.8-34.0 180 73.1 66.0-79.2
More than 200% 1,794 361 18.9 16.7-21.3 1,433 81.1 78.7-83.3
Don't know/Not sure or Refused 732 203 26.1 22.1-30.5 529 73.9 69.5-77.9
NC DEPT OF COMMERCE COUNTY TIER3
Most Distressed Counties (Tier 1) 800 270 29.7 25.6-34.1 530 70.3 65.9-74.4
Less Distressed Counties (Tier 2) 1,594 446 27.2 24.5-30.0 1,148 72.8 70.0-75.5
Least Distressed Counties (Tier 3) 1,367 323 21.9 19.4-24.7 1,044 78.1 75.3-80.6

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PLEASE NOTE: Due to changes in the weighting methodology and other factors, results from 2018 are NOT comparable to 2010
and earlier years.

***The estimate was suppressed because it did not meet statistical reliability standards. See BRFSS 2018 Annual Results Technical Notes for more details.

1Based on U.S Census Bureau population estimates at the county level. Please see the BRFSS 2018 Annual Results Technical Notes for details.

2Based on 2018 U.S Census Bureau poverty threshold incomes. Please see the BRFSS 2018 Annual Results Technical Notes for details.

3NC Dept. of Commerce County Tier Classification, based on respondentís county of residence.
Please see the BRFSS 2018 Annual Results Technical Notes for details.

^Use caution in interpreting cell sizes less than 50, % = Percentage, C.I.(95%) = Confidence Interval (at 95 percent probability level).
Percentages are weighted to population characteristics and therefore cannot be calculated exactly from the numbers in this table.

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