HCR 20: Designating February 2012 as American Heart Month.
00 HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 20 01 Designating February 2012 as American Heart Month. 02 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 WHEREAS cardiovascular disease is the nation's leading cause of death; and 04 WHEREAS cardiovascular disease is the costliest disease in the nation, with direct 05 and indirect costs estimated to be $297,700,000,000 a year; and 06 WHEREAS cardiovascular disease accounts for one out of three deaths nationwide; 07 and 08 WHEREAS nearly 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, an 09 average of one death every 39 seconds; and 10 WHEREAS nearly 33 percent of deaths caused by cardiovascular disease occur in 11 persons under 75 years of age; and 12 WHEREAS, this year, an estimated 785,000 people nationwide will have a new 13 coronary attack, an estimated 470,000 people nationwide will have a recurrent attack, and an 14 additional 195,000 people nationwide will have a silent heart attack; and 15 WHEREAS the research is clear that there are preventive strategies, as well as 16 community-based strategies, that can increase survival rates from cardiovascular disease; and
01 WHEREAS the American Heart Association's 2020 impact goal seeks to improve the 02 cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from 03 cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20 percent through research, population-level and 04 community-level interventions, and public health and policy measures; and 05 WHEREAS the American Heart Association encourages citizens to help save lives by 06 calling 911 if symptoms occur, to become trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and to 07 encourage comprehensive automated external defibrillator programs in their communities; 08 and 09 WHEREAS the American Heart Association is celebrating February 2012 as 10 American Heart Month and promoting education and awareness by encouraging citizens to 11 learn the warning signs of heart attack and stroke; 12 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature designates February 2012 as 13 American Heart Month in recognition of the importance of the ongoing fight against heart 14 disease; and be it 15 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges all citizens to 16 recognize the critical importance of tools and skills that increase survival rates from cardiac 17 arrest and to recognize that, by incorporating those tools and skills into aggressive programs, 18 thousands of lives can be saved each year.