Six in ten Americans live with at least onechronic disease, like heart disease, cancer, stroke, or diabetes. These and other chronic diseases are the leading causes of death and disability in America, and they are also a leading driver of health care costs. (Source: CDC)
State-level data from the CDC’s most recent Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey shows chronic disease, multiple chronic conditions, and risk factor prevalence in your state. More granular data from the CDC Wonder database shows mortality from the chronic diseases at the county level.
Multiple Chronic Conditions
Multiple chronic conditions is defined by BRFSS as the “percentage of adults who have three or more of the following chronic health conditions: arthritis; asthma; chronic kidney disease; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; cardiovascular disease (heart disease, heart attack or stroke); cancer (excluding skin); depression; diabetes.”
Risk Factor Data
Data from CDC Wonder shows mortality rates for various chronic diseases. Chronic lower respiratory disease includes both asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Additional details about these indicators can be found in the “About the Data” section below. Note that the CDC does not report death counts fewer than 10; data may be unavailable for counties with small populations.
Mortality Data:Mortality data were queried fromCDC Wonder. Chronic lower respiratory disease data were queried on the following parameters: Underlying Cause of Death, ICD-10 codes: J40-J47. Diabetes mortality data were queried on the following parameters: Multiple Cause of Death, ICD-10 codes: E10-E14. Multiple cause of death was used instead of underlying cause of death to more broadly capture cases where diabetes may contribute to mortality. Heart disease mortality data were queried on the following parameters: Underlying Cause of Death, ICD-10 codes: I00-I02, I05-I09, I11, I13, I20-I25, I26-I28, and I30-I51.