Indicator Report - Stroke Death Rate by County, New Mexico, 2005-2009
Why Is This Important?Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in New Mexico.
Stroke Death Rate by County, New Mexico, 2005-2009
The "Quartile" map, above, assigns geographic areas to four groups, each with roughly the same number of areas. For instance, for New Mexico counties, three of the four groups will have eight counties and a fourth group will have nine counties. Group membership and map color are based on the rank order of area rates, from the lowest rate to the highest. The first quartile (the first 25%) is the lightest color and consists of areas with the lowest rates. Areas with the darkest color have the highest rates. Percentile maps such as this assign 25% of the areas to the "highest" category, even when area rates are very close. In other words, just because an area is in the "highest" category doesn't necessarily mean that the rate is significantly higher than a county in the next lower quartile.
Data NotesAge-adjusted to U.S. standard population. U.S. value is 2007 age-adjusted mortality rate. Unknown counties, if any, are included in the New Mexico totals. Numbers may not add to total due to unknown counties.
Data SourcesPopulation Source: Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) Population Estimates, University of New Mexico. http://www.unm.edu/~bber/.New Mexico Death Data: Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics (BVRHS), New Mexico Department of Health.U.S. Data Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/.
DefinitionDiseases that affect the blood vessels in the brain. A stroke occurs when insufficient blood flows to the brain.
How We Calculated the Rates
Page Content Updated On 12/15/2010, Published on 06/23/2011