PRINTER'S NO.  471

  

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA

  

HOUSE RESOLUTION

 

No.

57

Session of

2011

  

  

INTRODUCED BY FRANKEL, BAKER, BISHOP, K. BOYLE, BRADFORD, BROOKS, BUXTON, CALTAGIRONE, D. COSTA, DALEY, DiGIROLAMO, ELLIS, EVERETT, FARRY, FLECK, GEIST, GEORGE, GIBBONS, GINGRICH, GODSHALL, GOODMAN, GROVE, HANNA, HENNESSEY, KAVULICH, KILLION, KIRKLAND, RAVENSTAHL, READSHAW, REICHLEY, ROSS, SABATINA, SAINATO, SANTARSIERO, SANTONI, SCAVELLO, SONNEY, STABACK, STERN, SWANGER, VEREB, VULAKOVICH, WHITE AND YOUNGBLOOD, FEBRUARY 8, 2011

  

  

INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35, FEBRUARY 8, 2011  

  

  

  

A RESOLUTION

  

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Recognizing the month of February 2011 as "American Heart Month"

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in Pennsylvania.

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WHEREAS, Cardiovascular disease is the nation's leading cause

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of death and costliest disease with direct and indirect costs

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estimated to be $228 billion; and

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WHEREAS, Cardiovascular disease accounts for one out of three

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deaths nationwide; and

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WHEREAS, Nearly 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease

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each day, an average of one death every 39 seconds; and

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WHEREAS, Nearly one in three deaths due to cardiovascular

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disease occur before 75 years of age; and

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WHEREAS, An estimated 785,000 people in the United States

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will have a new coronary attack, an estimated 470,000 people

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nationwide will have a recurrent attack and an additional

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195,000 "silent" heart attacks will occur this year; and

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WHEREAS, More than 42,300 Pennsylvanians died from

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cardiovascular disease in 2008; and

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WHEREAS, Research clearly indicates that there are preventive

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strategies, as well as community-based strategies, than can

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increase survival rates from cardiovascular disease; and

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WHEREAS, The American Heart Association's 2020 impact goal

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seeks to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by

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20% while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and

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stroke by 20% through research, population-level and community-

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level interventions, public health and policy measures; and

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WHEREAS, The American Heart Association encourages citizens

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to help save lives by calling 911 if cardiovascular disease

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symptoms occur, become trained in CPR and to encourage

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comprehensive automated external defibrillator (AED) programs in

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their communities; and

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WHEREAS, The American Heart Association is celebrating

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February 2011 as "American Heart Month" and promoting education

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and awareness by encouraging citizens to learn the warning signs

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of heart attack and stroke; therefore be it

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RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives recognize the

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month of February 2011 as "American Heart Month" in Pennsylvania

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to emphasize the importance of the ongoing fight against heart

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disease and urge all citizens to acknowledge the critical

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importance of tools and skills that will increase survival rates

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from cardiac arrest.

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