According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 60% of Americans live with at least one type of chronic disease, which can include, but are not limited to, conditions such as asthma, cancer, diabetes, heart attack, hypertension, stroke, and cardiovascular disease (CVD). At the individual level, understanding the number of people living with chronic disease can indicate where and which populations might have higher rates of health care service utilization, might be reporting poorer physical or mental health status, and who might have limited physical activity or ability. On a broader scale, examining rates of chronic disease can help inform trends in health care costs and spending and also in understanding mortality rates.
State Health Compare provides a state-level look at the percent of the adult population who report having one or more of the following specific chronic disease types: diabetes, CVD, heart attack, stroke and asthma. Users should note a break in series beginning with 2011, due to the Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) implementing cell phone sampling and an advanced weighting method in that year.
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