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Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: January 13, 2015 10:22 AM
From: Representative Robert F. Matzie
To: All House members
Subject: Rheumatoid Awareness Day in Pennsylvania
In the near future, I plan on introducing a resolution designating February 2, 2015, as Rheumatoid Awareness Day in Pennsylvania.

Rheumatoid arthritis, also known as Rheumatoid disease, is a progressive inflammatory disease causing damage to joint and organ tissues, resulting in severe pain, frequent disability, and increased mortality. Common symptoms of Rheumatoid disease include joint pain, fatigue, fevers, stiffness, hoarseness and dry eyes. Approximately 1.6 to 2 million Americans are currently diagnosed with Rheumatoid arthritis.

Rheumatoid Awareness Day comes at the start of Heart Disease Awareness month, underscoring the impact Rheumatoid disease has on the heart prior to diagnosis. The Mayo Clinic states that Rheumatoid arthritis patients are twice as likely to experience silent heart attacks and sudden cardiac deaths.

Please consider joining me in raising awareness of this disease by declaring February 2, 2015, as Rheumatoid Awareness Day in Pennsylvania.

Introduced as HR39