Don Bremner is a Kiwi in New Mexico. Not the fruit, but a term of endearment after New Zealand's national bird. Don has brought the message of healthy heart management across the Pacific to the New Mexico State Legislature as a member of the State Advocacy Committee.
“I'm passionate about using my 3 heart experiences to help educate others", said Don. "I was very fit and healthy with no visible or medical risk factors. Like many others I had a strong dose of 'my lifestyle is so different to my Dads before he died from a heart attack' so I didn't believe the invisible hereditary risk factor would impact me. I found out how strong this factor is in my first event aged 51" said Don.
"Cardiovascular disease is the biggest killer in the USA but for way too many people, their heart is out of sight, out of mind," he said. "A healthy heart beating around 100,000 times a day, 35 million times a year, is put under pressure by being overweight, smoking, lack of exercise, stress and other common risk factors."
Don encourages people to visit their Doctor, to know their numbers, then listen to and act on their advice.
“I hope that in bringing these issues to the attention of respected legislators will help generate policy and education opportunities that encourage people to live healthier and longer" he said.
At the New Zealand Heart Foundation, Don gave over 40 presentation to service and business groups on heart health. For him, reaching out to help people and their families, understand the dynamics of the heart and risk factors for cardiovascular disease is a lifesaving activity.