Almost 400,000 people suffer from sudden cardiac arrest each year. Project Heart Start (PHS) is dedicated to saving the lives by teaching life-saving skills and to encourage placement of automated external defibrillators in all locations where people gather.

Participants learn four life saving skills: to recognize signs of a heart attack, to perform high quality CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), to use an AED (automated external defibrillators) and to save a victim of choking. 

The program has trained more than 50,000 New Mexicans and in January, the Governor signed into law mandating that components of this program be a requirement for graduation from public high schools in New Mexico. Currently, the program was present in 35 cities and all school districts throughout New Mexico. More than 90% of city employees have been trained and major corporations such as Intel and Sandia Laboratories have instituted the program.