Leaves falling to the ground is an easy prediction to make in October.  I enjoy seeing the red and gold leaf confetti skipping across my neighborhood until I start raking the yard.

Not as predictable as the leaves falling every autumn is sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).  In 2016, heart disease was the leading cause of death in New Mexico and accounted for over 20% of all deaths. Common causes of death from heart diseases include; myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, and sudden cardiac arrest.

Here’s a scary thought as we approach Halloween; there are no warning signs associated with sudden cardiac arrest.  It’s an electrical disturbance in the heart preventing it from beating properly.  Blood flow to the brain is reduced to the point that the person loses consciousness and collapses.  Your chance of survival is slim if you don’t receive immediate help.  The good news is an automated external defibrillator (AED) can restore the normal rhythm of the heart.

Since our founding in 1999 we’ve promoted cardiovascular wellness and raised money to place AEDs in every county of New Mexico.  Over the past year, our staff and board members have worked hard seeking and securing new grant funding, building new partnerships, and expanding our reach to all corners of the state.  Already in 2018, we placed 20 life-saving AEDs in New Mexico organizations and businesses. hyperlink to recipients.

Whether you’re raking leaves, sitting in the office or playing pickleball, sudden cardiac arrest can strike without warning.   Together, let’s make automated external defibrillators as accessible as fire extinguishers.

If your life has been impacted by an AED, share your story on our Facebook page.  For more information about AEDs, the Heart Hospital of New Mexico Foundation and our Project Pulse AED Program visit our website.

Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Heart Hospital of New Mexico Foundation. Your gift helps us place AEDs throughout our community and will help save lives.

Thank you for the hearts you touch,

Heart Hospital of New Mexico Foundation