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Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program


The Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program (HDSPP) 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. HDSPP 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.

HDSPP 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.



In the United States, the most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), which can lead to heart attack. You can greatly reduce your risk for CAD through lifestyle changes and, in some cases, medication.In the United States, the most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), which can lead to heart attack. You can greatly reduce your risk for CAD through lifestyle changes and, in some cases, medication.

Visit the CDC official heart disease webpage for more information.


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.The American Heart Association is a non-profit organization in the United States that funds cardiovascular medical research, educates consumers on healthy living and fosters appropriate cardiac care in an effort to reduce disability and deaths caused by cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Visit the American Heart Association for more information.

Million Hearts

Logo of Million Hearts program.Heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases kill over 800,000 Americans each year, accounting for one in every three deaths. It’s the nation’s number one killer among both men and women and the leading cause of health disparities across the population. To address this issue, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) established Million Hearts®, a five-year initiative co-led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Visit the Million Hearts® Initiative for more information.

Paths to Health

Logo of Paths to Health.Paths to Health NM: Tools for Healthier Living is a group of programs that support people to prevent or manage diabetes, other chronic health conditions or injuries. These programs help adults gain the confidence and skills they need to manage their health needs.

Benefits of the Paths to Health NM Programs

  • Increased confidence and self-management skills in participants
  • Improved health benefits and quality of life among participants
  • Programs can prevent or reduce the risk of chronic health conditions
  • Programs are multicultural and for adults of all ages

Paths to Health Programs include:

  • National Diabetes Prevention Program - A year-long program for adults who have prediabetes or are at risk for developing diabetes.
  • Kitchen Creations - A series of four cooking classes that teach healthy cooking and eating for adults with diabetes.
  • Chronic Disease Self-Management Program - Six-week programs that support adults with a range of chronic health problems.
  • Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention - A sixteen session exercise program that improves muscle strength, flexibility, balance and mobility to prevent falls.
  • Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance - A six-month exercise program that focuses on eight Tai Chi forms to improve balance and strength.
  • A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls - An eight-session program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase physical activity.
  • Otago - A four-month physical therapy program for older adults at the highest risk of falling.

To learn more about Paths to Health NM or find a class in your area, please visit Paths to Health NM: Tools for Healthier Living.

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