In Nebraska, chronic diseases, specifically cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, along with obesity and related risk factors, such as physical inactivity, hypertension (high blood pressure [HBP]), poor diet and tobacco use, are the leading causes of death accounting for more than half of all deaths in the state. Heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases cause the most deaths from chronic disease, accounting for three in 10 deaths. HBP is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, has been increasing in NE over the past 25 years.
Strategies have been created from the federal level to assist in addressing controlling chronic disease. These strategies that will increase reporting of hypertension and A1c measures within clinical settings, initiate innovative uses of electronic medical records and team-based care to improve treatment of hypertension and diabetes, promote self-awareness of hypertension and pre-diabetes, and increase participation in diabetes primary prevention and self-management programs.