Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program

The Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (HDSP) program and its partners use a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to promote healthy lifestyles focused on preventing, identifying and controlling high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels among New Mexican adults. HDSP follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Cardiovascular disease (CVD), which includes heart disease and stroke, refers to several types of conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels. Many CVD risk factors, such as high blood pressure, excess weight, high blood cholesterol, poor diet, smoking, and diabetes can be prevented or treated through behavior change and appropriate medication. There are also a number of underlying social, economic and cultural determinates of CVD such as stress, education level, income and health insurance status.


Our mission is to improve the health of New Mexicans by implementing and evaluating effective strategies for cardiovascular disease prevention and management.

The Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (HDSP) program and its partners work with communities, health systems, health care providers and other organizations across the state to implement activities that improve quality of care as it relates to blood pressure and cholesterol control. This will reduce CVD-related illness, save lives and be a valuable investment in population health.

HDSP Initiatives

Paths to Health


Million Hearts



Paths to Health NM: Tools for Healthier Living — Paths to Health NM: Tools for Healthier Living is an initiative that includes several prevention and self-management programs

Million Hearts® Initiative — Heart disease and stroke are two of the leading causes of death in the United States. Million Hearts® brings together communities, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and private-sector partners from across the country to fight heart disease and stroke.

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