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Heart Disease is the Leading Cause of Death in New Mexico

January 30, 2019 - Public Relations - Awareness

The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Founded by six cardiologists in 1924, our organization now includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters. We fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide critical tools and information to save and improve lives.Residents encouraged to raise awareness on National Wear Red Day February 1st

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports the leading cause of death for both men and women in the state is heart disease - this as the department raises awareness of American Heart Month in February and National Wear Red Day® Friday, February 1st.

“Heart health should never be ignored by New Mexicans,” said Department of Health Secretary Designate Kathyleen Kunkel. “Heart disease not only can cost you your life but an unhealthy heart also adds to the estimated $1.8 billion dollars spent every year in our state on heart disease-related medical bills."

NMDOH’s Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program is kicking off the month of February asking both health department employees and residents statewide to wear red on Friday, February 1st. National Wear Red Day® encourages everyone around you to take better care of themselves to prevent heart disease and helps raise awareness of the effect bad heart health can have on the people closest to you.

Over the last 10 years, heart disease has been responsible for an average of 3,406 deaths per year in New Mexico. In 2017, it accounted for 21 percent of all deaths in the state.

Heart disease is preventable, and you can make healthy changes to lower your chance of developing it. Risk factors include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking and second-hand smoke exposure
  • Diabetes and prediabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Physical inactivity
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Excessive alcohol use

For more information on heart disease in New Mexico and prevention tips, visit the Environmental Public Health Tracking - Heart Attacks website. You can also find additional details about National Wear Red Day® at the American Heart Association website.


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