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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: January 6, 2017 11:19 AM
From: Representative Robert F. Matzie
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution - Rheumatoid Awareness Day in Pennsylvania – February 2, 2017
 
In the near future, I plan on introducing a resolution designating February 2, 2017, 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 1.5 million Americans are currently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.

Rheumatoid Awareness Day comes at the start of American Heart Month, underscoring the impact rheumatoid disease has on the heart prior to diagnosis. The Mayo Clinic states that rheumatoid arthritis patients have a 50 percent higher risk of heart attacks, twice the risk of heart failure and an increase in peripheral vascular disease than people who do not have rheumatoid arthritis.

Please consider joining me in raising awareness of this disease by declaring February 2, 2017, as Rheumatoid Awareness Day in Pennsylvania.


Previous Co-Sponsors to House Resolution 654 of 2015-2016: MAHONEY, GIBBONS, READSHAW, D. COSTA, KOTIK, CALTAGIRONE, COHEN, ADOLPH, CUTLER, BAKER, MILLARD, HENNESSEY, PHILLIPS-HILL, BIZZARRO, DiGIROLAMO, KINSEY, MARSICO, FREEMAN, HEFFLEY, KIM, SCHLOSSBERG, KIRKLAND, WARD, MURT, MACKENZIE, NEILSON, THOMAS, ROZZI, WHEELAND, ROSS, SAYLOR, LONGIETTI, DONATUCCI, PAYNE, EVERETT, LEWIS, YOUNGBLOOD, SCHWEYER, GOODMAN, CRUZ, FARINA, CONKLIN, SCHLEGEL CULVER, MILNE, WATSON, MAJOR, M. QUINN, GABLER, GINGRICH and BRADFORD



Introduced as HR35