Health Indicator Report of Cardiovascular Disease - High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease (i.e., heart attack, heart failure, or stroke) and kidney failure. 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 or kidney failure.
Prevalence of Diagnosed High Blood Pressure Among Adults by County, New Mexico, 2011 and 2013
NotesThe high blood pressure question is administered only in odd years. Responses are weighted to reflect the general New Mexico adult population. **Note: Percentages based on fewer than 50 completed surveys are not shown because they do not meet the DOH standard for data release.
The county-level BRFSS data used for this indicator report 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 SourceBehavioral 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.
Data Interpretation IssuesThese data are from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), an ongoing survey of adults regarding their health-related risk behaviors, chronic health conditions, and use of preventive services. Data are collected in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. The survey is conducted using scientific telephone survey methods for landline and cellular phones (landline only from 1986 through 2010; landline and cellular since 2011). The landline phone portion of the survey excludes adults living in group quarters such as college dormitories, nursing homes, military barracks, and prisons. The cellular phone portion of the survey includes adult students living in college dormitories but excludes other group quarters.
Beginning with 2011, the BRFSS updated its surveillance methods by adding in calls to cell phones and changing its weighting methods. These changes improve BRFSS' ability to take into account the increasing proportion of U.S. adults using only cellular telephones as well as to adjust survey data to improve the representativeness of the estimates generated from the survey. Results have been adjusted for the probability of selection of the respondent, and have been weighted to the adult population by age, gender, phone type, detailed race/ethnicity, renter/owner, education, marital status, and geographic area. Lastly and importantly, these changes mean that the data from years prior to 2011 are not directly comparable to data from 2011 and beyond.
The "missing" and "don't know" responses are removed before calculating a percentage. When the data shown are about a specific sub-population, only respondents of that sub-population are included in the denominator.
DefinitionEstimated percentage of New Mexican adults (age 18 and over) who have ever been told by a doctor, nurse or other health professional that they have high blood pressure.
NumeratorNumber of adults from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System who have ever been told they have high blood pressure by a health professional.
DenominatorNumber of adults from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
Healthy People Objective: Reduce the proportion of adults with hypertensionU.S. Target: 26.9 percent
How Are We Doing?The percentage of adults who have ever been told they have high blood pressure by a health professional has been increasing in New Mexico.
How Do We Compare With the U.S.?Compared to the US median, New Mexico's percent of adults who have ever been told they have high blood pressure by a health professional has been consistently lower.
Page Content Updated On 01/05/2015, Published on 03/06/2015