Almost 400,000 people suffer from sudden cardiac arrest each year.

Project Heart Start (PHS) is dedicated to saving lives by teaching life-saving skills. Participants learn to recognize signs of a heart attack, to perform high quality CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) and to save a victim of choking. The program has taught more then 50,000 people these life saving skills.

In January 2016, the Foundation wrote and the Governor signed a bill making the Project Heart Start components be a requirement for graduation from all of New Mexico’s Public schools.

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New Heart Fitness and Wellness  was developed in 1972 by Dr. Richard Lueker. Now an integral part of the New Mexico Heart Institute Foundation, The New Heart cardiac rehabilitation program helps hundreds of people each month come back from a heart attack, heart surgery, heart transplants or heart failure.

Experience our newly renovated community fitness and health center that provides expertise focused on heart health. Our staff is dedicated to delivering a positive, encouraging and empowering experience.

New Heart offers:

  • A wide variety of cardio and strength training equipment
  • Fitness Studio
  • Cardio, strength and stretching exercise classes
  • Access to exercise and nutrition specialists
  • Nutrition courses
  • Cooking Demonstrations

Basic and Enhanced memberships are available. Enhanced Memberships offer structured exercise programs by an exercise physiologist. New Heart also accepts Healthways Fitness members and Silver Sneakers members.

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