Death -- it's something that happens every day in New Mexico and around the world. Even so, it's not a topic many people like to talk about or think about for extended periods.

In my opinion, the biggest thing deterring the discussion of death is the question of what happens after. Yes, there are many theories and religious beliefs surrounding life after death, but that still doesn't stop the question from coming up every so often.

Other times, the topic can be difficult due to the heavy, hard loss of a family member or friend. There are so many reasons to avoid the topic.

Regardless, one thing I can tell you for sure, thanks to data from the CDC, is what the 10 leading causes of death are in New Mexico. Some of them might surprise you.

What is the #1 cause of death?

Before we get into the entire list, let's delve into the #1 cause of death in New Mexico. It's heart disease. 

This one really should come as no surprise -- unless you didn't know that heart disease is the #1 killer across America. Data shows that in total, 702,880 people have died from this. On average in New Mexico, 3,406 people die of heart disease each year.

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What is heart disease?

Several conditions impact the heart with heart disease. Some can include blood supply, heart muscle, the internal lining and valves, the conduction system, and others.

Heart attacks, heart failure, and cardiac arrest are among the most common ways people die from heart disease.

What are the other major causes of death in NM?

While heart disease may be the leading cause of people passing in New Mexico, there are other things to look out for as well. Remember to take care of yourself and visit your doctor(s), even if you don't think you need to. And always check up on those around you to make sure they're doing well too!

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