September 11, 2015

The teen birth rate in the state of Oklahoma has dropped from 58.5 in 2007 to 42.9 in 2013.

However, the sooner state also has mortality rates that are higher than the U.S. for all of the 10 leading causes of death in the United States that include: heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, accidents, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, influenza/pneumonia, kidney disease and suicide.


April 15, 2015

The state of New Mexico scores higher than the nation overall in births to unmarried mothers, preterm births, teen births and low birthweights.

However, among the 10 leading causes of death in the United States, New Mexico has mortality rates that are lower than the U.S. rates for the following causes: heart disease, cancer, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, influenza/pneumonia and kidney disease.

Here is a list of the 15 leading causes of death in New Mexico in 2012 with ICD 10 codes:

1. Malignant neoplasms (C00-C97)

2. Diseases of heart (I00-I09,I11,I13,I20-I51)

3. Accidents (unintentional injuries) (V01-X59,Y85-Y86)

4. Chronic lower respiratory diseases (J40-J47)

5. Cerebrovascular diseases (I60-I69)

6. Diabetes mellitus (E10-E14)

7 (tie).  Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis (K70,K73-K74)

7 (tie). Intentional self-harm (suicide) (*U03,X60-X84,Y87.0)

9. Alzheimer’s disease (G30)

10. Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis (N00-N07,N17-N19,N25-N27)

11. Influenza and pneumonia (J09-J18)

12. Septicemia (A40-A41)

13. Parkinson’s disease (G20-G21)

14. Essential hypertension and hypertensive renal disease (I10,I12,I15)

15. Assault (homicide) (*U01-*U02,X85-Y09,Y87.1)

Prescription Cholesterol-lowering Medication Use in Adults Aged 40 and Over: United States, 2003–2012

December 23, 2014

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Nearly one in three Americans dies of heart disease or stroke. Elevated blood cholesterol is a major risk factor for CVD, and statin therapy has been strongly associated with a reduced risk of atherosclerotic CVD. The national cholesterol treatment guidelines outline the importance of using cholesterol-lowering medications for the prevention of coronary heart disease.

Using National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data, an NCHS report evaluates recent trends in prescription cholesterol-lowering medication use among U.S. adults aged 40 and over.

Key Findings from the Report:

  • During 2003–2012, the percentage of adults aged 40 and over using a cholesterol-lowering medication in the past 30 days increased from 20% to 28%.
  • The use of statins increased from 18% to 26%. By 2011–2012, 93% of adults using a cholesterol-lowering medication used a statin.
  • Cholesterol-lowering medication use increased with age, from 17% of adults aged 40–59 to 48% of adults aged 75 and over.
  • About 71% of adults with cardiovascular disease and 54% of adults with hypercholesterolemia used a cholesterol-lowering medication.
  • Adults aged 40–64 with health insurance were more likely than those without health insurance to use a cholesterol-lowering medication.


November 19, 2014

The state of Mississippi scores lower than the nation overall in drug poisoning deaths.

However,  Mississippi ranks higher than the entire U.S. in mortality for all ten leading causes of death, which include:  heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, accidents, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, kidney disease, influenza/pneumonia and suicide.

American Heart Month

February 25, 2014

2013-2_heartIn honor of American Heart Month, it is important to note that almost 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.  Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women, accounting for approximately 307,000 deaths for men and 290,000 deaths for women in 2010.

During 2000–2001 through 2010–2011, the prevalence of lifetime respondent-reported heart disease among adults aged 18–54 was similar for men and women. Among adults aged 55 and over, heart disease prevalence was higher for men than for of men aged 75 and over reported having ever been told by a physician they had heart disease, compared with nearly one-third (31%) of women in the same age group.