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Health Indicator Report of Cardiovascular Disease - Prevalence

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in New Mexico and accounts for over 20% of all deaths. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in New Mexico.


Beginning with 2011 estimates, the BRFSS updated its surveillance methods. Therefore, estimates from 2011 and forward can not be compared to estimates from previous years.

Data Source

Behavioral 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 Issues

Data for this indicator report are from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), an ongoing survey of adults regarding their health-related behaviors, health conditions, and preventive services. Data are collected in all 50 states, D.C., and U.S. territories. Responses have been weighted to reflect the New Mexico adult population by age, sex, ethnicity, geographic region, marital status, education level, home ownership and type of phone ownership. The survey is conducted using scientific telephone survey methods for landline and cellular phones (with 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. Please see the [ BRFSS Method Change Factsheet]. The "missing" and "don't know" responses are removed before calculating a percentage.


Estimated percentage of New Mexican adults (ages 18 and over) who have been diagnosed with one or more of the following: heart attack, angina or coronary heart disease, and/or stroke


Number of adults from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System who have been told by a doctor, nurse, or other health professional that they have had a heart attack or stroke, or have angina or coronary heart disease.


Number of adults from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

How Are We Doing?

Prevalence of cardiovascular disease in New Mexico remained stable between 2005-2010.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

Comparable rates of combined cardiovascular disease prevalence are not calculated for the United States. However, 2010 New Mexico and US rates for prevalence of each separate condition (i.e., diagnosed heart attack, angina or coronary heart disease, stroke) as reported on BRFSS are very similar.
Page Content Updated On 01/05/2015, Published on 01/13/2016
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Content updated: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 09:27:28 MST