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Health Highlight Report for McKinley County

Cardiovascular Disease - Stroke Deaths: Deaths per 100,000 Population, Age-adjusted, 2014-2016

  • McKinley County
    95% Confidence Interval (28.8 - 47.1)
    Statistical StabilityStable
    New Mexico
  • McKinley County Compared to State

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    Description of the Dashboard Gauge

    This "dashboard" type graphic is based on the community data on the right. It compares the community value on this indicator to the state overall value.
    • Excellent = The community's value on this indicator is BETTER than the state value, and the difference IS statistically significant.
    • Watch = The community's value is BETTER than state value, but the difference IS NOT statistically significant.
    • Improvement Needed = The community's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, but the difference IS NOT statistically significant.
    • Reason for Concern = The community's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, and the difference IS statistically significant.

    The community value is considered statistically significantly different from the state value if the state value is outside the range of the community's 95% confidence interval. If the community's data or 95% confidence interval information is not available, a blank gauge image will be displayed with the message, "missing information."
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Why Is This Important?

In 2016, stroke was the fifth leading cause of death in New Mexico.

Risk and Resiliency Factors

Risk factors for stroke include: high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol, prediabetes, diabetes, tobacco use, physical inactivity, poor nutrition and excess weight. Controlling and preventing these risk factors is crucial in reducing risk of developing cerebrovascular disease as well as death from stroke.

How Are We Doing?

US and NM: In general, stroke death rates have decreased in the last 15 years in the US. In New Mexico, stroke mortality rates declined beginning in 2004 and remained relatively stable through 2011, with another slight decline in 2012 and 2013. In the most recent year, 2016, there has been a slight increase in the stroke mortality rate over 2012 and 2013. Age and Sex: There was no significant difference in stroke mortality rates by sex. Stroke mortality is strongly associated with age for both sexes. The stroke mortality rates were significantly higher for older age groups. For both sexes, from the age group 25-34, the stroke mortality rate for each age group was significantly higher than that of the next younger age group. Race/Ethnicity and Sex: There were no significant differences between Race/Ethnic groups. Among males, the stroke mortality rate of White males was lower than that of American Indian and Hispanic males. There were no significant differences by Race/Ethnicity among females. Within each Race/Ethnic group, there were no differences between the male and female rates. County: County rates ranged from 17.7 to 53.0 stroke deaths per 100,000 persons. The stroke mortality rates for Grant and Los Alamos counties were significantly lower than the rate for the state, as a whole. The stroke mortality rate for Luna County was significantly higher than the rate for the state, as a whole. Urban and Rural: All the rates within Urban and rural counties were statistically similar.

What Is Being Done?

The NM Department of Health Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (HDSP) Program works with health systems, health care providers, community partners, agencies and coalitions to provide awareness of and education about heart disease and stroke prevention strategies. Program strategies are focused on providing professional education to members of the health care team about the importance of reporting standardized hypertension and diabetes quality measures to reporting bodies using electronic health record (EHR) data; partnering with EHR data experts to provide technical assistance to health systems on how to extract necessary data from the EHR to be able to report quality measures; working with health systems to identify potential errors in entering EHR data that may affect quality reporting; using EHR data to identify patients with undiagnosed hypertension commonly referred to as those "hiding in plain sight"; partnering with the NM Department of Health Diabetes Prevention and Control Program (DPCP) to provide resources and programs for patients to manage their hypertension and diabetes; promoting the value of community health workers as members of the healthcare team; promoting and educating about the importance of using a team-based healthcare model; partnering with NM Medicaid to extract and analyze prescription fill data for diabetes and hypertensive medications; use Million Hearts and American Heart Association resources to promote and educate about self-measured blood pressure monitoring tied with clinical support. The HDSP program's partners support build environment improvements so people at risk for or with cardiovascular disease and stroke can be physically active and initiatives that increase access to healthy foods. The HDSP program consults with populations that are disproportionately affected by cardiovascular disease and stroke and/or those that serve them to develop education and services that are culturally appropriate to these populations.

Evidence-based Practices

Evidence-based community health improvement ideas and interventions may be found at the following sites: - The Guide to Community Preventive Services - Health Indicators Warehouse - County Health Rankings - Healthy People 2020 Website Stroke and its complications can be prevented and managed through these strategies: # Clinical decision-support systems designed to assist healthcare providers in implementing clinical guidelines at the point of care. # Reducing out-of-pocket costs (ROPC) for patients with high blood pressure and high cholesterol. # Team-Based Care to Improve Blood Pressure Control. CDC recommends specific major activities to implement these three effective strategies. 1) Clinical decision-support systems (CDSS) designed to assist healthcare providers in implementing clinical guidelines at the point of care. * Implementation of CDSS at clinics and sites that provide healthcare services along with providing technical assistance on proper use of these systems. * CDSS for cardiovascular disease prevention (CVD) include one or more of the following: ** Reminders for overdue CVD preventive services including screening for risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol ** Assessments of patients' risk for developing CVD based on their medical history, symptoms, and clinical test results ** Recommendations for evidence-based treatments to prevent CVD, including intensification of treatment ** Recommendations for health behavior changes to discuss with patients such as quitting smoking, increasing physical activity, and reducing excessive salt intake ** Alerts when indicators for CVD risk factors are not at goal[[br]] 2) Reducing out-of-pocket costs (ROPC) for patients with high blood pressure and high cholesterol. * Reducing out-of-pocket costs involves program and policy changes that make cardiovascular disease preventive services more affordable. These services include: ** Medications ** Behavioral counseling (e.g. nutrition counseling) ** Behavioral support (e.g. community-based weight management programs, gym membership) * Encouraging the delivery of preventive services in clinical and non-clinical settings (e.g. worksite, community). * Promoting interventions that enhance patient-provider interaction such as team-based care, medication counseling, and patient education. * Increasing awareness of covered services to providers and to patients with high blood pressure and high cholesterol using targeted messages. * Work with diabetes management and tobacco cessation programs to coordinate coverage for blood pressure and cholesterol management. [[br]] 3) Team-Based Care to Improve Blood Pressure Control. * Team-based care to improve blood pressure control is a health systems-level, organizational intervention that incorporates a multidisciplinary team to improve the quality of hypertension care for patients. * Provide technical assistance to facilitate communication and coordination of care support among various team members including the patient, the patient?s primary care provider, nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, social workers, and community health workers. * Enhance the use of evidence-based guidelines by team members. * Actively engage patients and populations at risk in their own care by providing educational materials, medication adherence support, and tools and resources for self-management (including health behavior change).

Healthy People Objective HDS-3:

Reduce stroke deaths
U.S. Target: 34.8 deaths per 100,000 population


Stroke deaths include deaths with underlying cause of cerebrovascular disease, include ICD-10 codes I60-I69. Most estimates are based on a 3-year period, 2014-2016. Most estimates have been age-adjusted to the year 2000 U.S. census. Estimates by age group have not been age-adjusted. Some rows in data tables may include a note of Unstable or Very Unstable. Those rates labeled Unstable were statistically unstable (RSE greater than or equal to 0.30 and less than 0.50), and may fluctuate widely across time periods due to random variation (chance). Those rates labeled Very Unstable were extremely unstable (RSE greater than or equal to 0.50). These values should not be used to infer population risk. Some Very Unstable rates may have been suppressed.  3-year estimates. Data have been directly age-adjusted to the U.S. 2000 standard population.

Data Sources

New Mexico Death Data: Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics (BVRHS), New Mexico Department of Health.   Population Estimates: University of New Mexico, Geospatial and Population Studies (GPS) Program,   U.S. Data Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics.  

Measure Description for Cardiovascular Disease - Stroke Deaths

Definition: Stroke Deaths per 100,000 population in New Mexico
Numerator: Number of stroke deaths
Denominator: New Mexico population

Indicator Profile Report

Stroke Deaths per 100,00 Population (exits this report)

Date Content Last Updated

The information provided above is from the New Mexico Department of Health's NM-IBIS web site ( The information published on this website may be reproduced without permission. Please use the following citation: "Retrieved Mon, 12 November 2018 from New Mexico Department of Health, Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health Web site:".

Content updated: Fri, 6 Jul 2018 17:16:20 MDT