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Heart Disease and Septicemia Top Reasons for Hospitalizations


State Health Department releases annual hospitalization report

A New Mexico Department of Health report reveals the most common disease related to hospitalizations is heart disease. This condition includes cardiomyopathy and heart attacks.  Heart disease and septicemia, an infection of the blood, are the two leading causes for hospitalizations in all health regions of New Mexico except for the Southeast region where psychoses is the leading cause for all hospitalizations. Psychoses includes mental health conditions such as dementia and schizophrenia.

The Department of Health’s recently released annual report for Hospital Inpatient Discharge Data 2014 describes hospital inpatient discharges in New Mexico. The top three disease related reasons for hospitalization in New Mexico in 2014 were:

  1. Heart disease (12,234)
  2. Septicemia (8,534)
  3. Psychoses (7,779)

The number of discharges for both psychoses and septicemia increased from 2013, while the number of discharges for Heart disease decreased from 2013 to 2014. The Department of Health has programs such as the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program to address risk factors associated with heart disease.

In 2013, Governor Susana Martinez signed legislation to develop a statewide S-T Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) system of care in New Mexico. Since then, the Heart Hospital of New Mexico has been certified through the EMS Stroke/STEMI program. The goal of STEMI is to provide standardized and consistent care from the pre-hospital setting from EMS caregivers to the actual hospital setting.

“Heart disease is not just a concern for New Mexicans, but for all Americans as it is the leading cause of death in the United States” said Department of Health Secretary Retta Ward, MPH. “I encourage New Mexicans to learn more about the risks for heart disease, such as high cholesterol and smoking, and ways of preventing heart disease, such as daily exercise and health eating habits.”

According to the Department’s Hospital Inpatient Discharge Data Report for 2014, of the 155,006 reported hospitalizations, approximately 60 percent of patients hospitalized were women and 40 percent were men. Thirty-five percent of all hospitalizations occurred among residents over the age of 64 years. The highest hospitalization rate by region was 740.7 discharges per 10,000 population in the Southeast region, and the lowest hospitalization rate was in the Northeast region, reporting 679.6 discharges per 10,000 population.

For further information about the report, visit the Hospital Inpatient Discharge Data section of our website.


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Enfermedad Cardíaca y Septicemia Principales Razones de Hospitalización