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SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Interactive map shows cases of heart disease and strokes in Missouri

By Jack Hayes
September 3, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

Each week, the Missourian highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives. For a complete list of Show Me the Records, go to columbiamissourian.com/records.

The records: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides data on incidents of heart disease and stroke in Missouri and all other states, on a county-by-county basis. This interactive map allows users to look at a variety of data related to heart disease, including mortality rates and hospitalizations.

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Why you'd want them: Twenty-seven percent of deaths in Missouri in 2006 were from heart disease, and another 5.9 percent of deaths in the state were due to stroke, according to the CDC. This interactive map allows users to see how much people in their community might be at risk.

Where you get the records: Go to cdc.gov/dhdsp, then under the topics table, click on the "Maps" category then "Interactive Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke." On the left side of the screen, select the information you want to see, and click "apply."

How much it will cost: The information is free.