Indicator Report - High Blood Pressure Among Adults by County, New Mexico 2005 & 2007
Why Is This Important?High blood pressure is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, i.e., heart attack, heart failure, or stroke.
For adults who have high blood pressure, controlling it through lifestyle modifications (i.e., diet and exercise) as well as medications can help reduce the likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease.
High Blood Pressure Among Adults by County, New Mexico 2005 & 2007
Data NotesThe high blood pressure question is administered only in odd years. New Mexico value if for 2007. U.S. value is median for all states and D.C. for 2007. The county-level BRFSS data used for this smoking indicator were weighted to be representative of the New Mexico Health Region populations. Had the data been weighted to be representative of each county population, the results would likely have been different. **Data were not available for some counties due to insufficient numbers of people (fewer than 50) from those counties who were surveyed in the BRFSS. For 2005 & 2007, Catron, De Baca, Guadalupe, Harding, Hidalgo, Mora, and Union counties did not meet the DOH small numbers rule. The county-level BRFSS data used for this high blood pressure indicator were weighted to be representative of the New Mexico Health Region populations. Had the data been weighted to be representative of each county population, the results would likely have been different.
Data SourcesBehavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, together with New Mexico Department of Health, Injury and Behavioral Epidemiology Bureau.
DefinitionBlood pressure is the measurement in millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) of systolic pressure (when the heart pumps blood) over diastolic pressure (when the heart is at rest). This measures the force of the blood in the arteries. High blood pressure (or hypertension) is defined in an adult as a blood pressure greater than or equal to 140/90.
How We Calculated the Rates
Page Content Updated On 11/10/2009, Published on 06/14/2012