Resolution J1936-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim September 2013 as Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month in the State of New York

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  • May 21, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 21, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 17, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim September 2013 as Atrial Fibrillation Awareness  Month  in  the
State of New York

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize official
months  that  are  set  aside to increase awareness of serious illnesses
that affect the lives of citizens of New York State; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to memorial-
ize Governor Andrew M.  Cuomo  to  proclaim  September  2013  as  Atrial
Fibrillation Awareness Month in the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, Atrial fibrillation, the most common type of irregular heart-
beat, consists of two types, nonvalvular AF and valvular AF; and
  WHEREAS,  Nonvalvular  AF  (NVAF), which makes up approximately 95% of
AF, is estimated to affect 5.8 million people in the United States; and
  WHEREAS, Individuals with NVAF have five times greater risk of  stroke
and approximately 15% of strokes are due to NVAF; and
  WHEREAS,  Stroke  is  a prevalent cardiovascular disease and imposes a
tremendous cost to victims and their families, the health  care  system,
and society at large; and
  WHEREAS,  Stroke  is  the  fourth  leading cause of death as well as a
leading cause of long-term disability in the United States; it accounted
for 1 in every 19 deaths in 2009; and
  WHEREAS, In 2010, the total cost of  cardiovascular  diseases  in  the
United  States  was  estimated  to  be  $444 billion; treatment of these
diseases accounts for about $1 of every $6 spent on health care  in  our
nation; and
  WHEREAS,  As  the United States population ages, it is likely that the
economic impact of cardiovascular diseases on our nation's  health  care
system will become even greater; and
  WHEREAS, NVAF alone is estimated to cost $6.65 billion per year; near-
ly  75%  of  the  costs  of NVAF represent the direct and indirect costs
associated with hospitalization; and
  WHEREAS, Increased awareness and coordination among all  stakeholders,
including  federal  and  state  governments,  providers, patient groups,
medical researchers, community leaders and organizations, the public and
businesses, are critical to promote the diagnosis and treatment of atri-
al fibrillation; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim September 2013 as Atri-
al  Fibrillation  Awareness  Month  in  the State of New York; and be it
further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State  of  New
York.

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