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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Beatty Highlights Ongoing Work to Improve Stroke Awareness, Research and Prevention

May 22, 2017
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Beatty Highlights Ongoing Work to Improve Stroke Awareness, Research and Prevention

May is National Stroke Awareness Month

This month, as millions of individuals and organizations join together to raise awareness on stroke and work to reduce the incidences of stroke, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) continues to lead the effort in Congress to increase research funding, raise awareness, and improve prevention, treatment, and outcomes.

During the 115th Congress, Beatty—a stroke survivor serving in her 3rd term in the U.S. House of Representatives—introduced H.Res.337, legislation which would designate May as Stroke Awareness Month. The resolution is supported by the National Stroke Association, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, and a bipartisan coalition of 14 Members of Congress. On May 18, 2017, Beatty spoke from the House Floor to recognize Stroke Awareness Month and encourage her colleagues to join in her legislative effort.

Beatty also is the lead Democrat on the Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine (FAST) Act, H.R. 1148. As the name implies, the FAST Act will help more stroke victims gain access to fast, high-quality care, commonly called telestroke.

Each year, stroke affects 800,000 Americans and is responsible for more than 130,000 deaths. In fact, it is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. In response, Beatty, joined by 18 Members of Congress, sent a letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education requesting $1,695,180,000 in federal funds for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders (NINDS). Housed in the National Institutes of Health, NINDS supports groundbreaking research to improve the understanding of the nervous system and harness that knowledge to reduce the effects of neurological disorders, such as stroke.

“As a stroke survivor, I understand the magnitude of this disease and its life-changing effects. Unfortunately, stroke touches hundreds of thousands of American families each year,” Beatty said. “As we increase awareness, we must also ensure the treatment and outcomes for stroke are appropriately researched and funded, because stroke can strike anyone at any time.”

Additionally, this Congress, Beatty reintroduced legislation to improve the employability of individuals affected by stroke, heart attack or other serious health issues. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), stroke costs America $16.1 billion annually in lost productivity. Beatty’s bill, the Return to Work Awareness Act of 2017, H.R. 1128, if passed, would encourage the U.S. Department of Labor’s Job Accommodation Network (JAN) to promote awareness among stroke survivors and employers of the resources and accommodations available to help get stroke survivors back in the workforce earlier and more often.

“We can and must do more to prevent the incidences of stroke and improve resources for stroke survivors and their families.” Beatty concluded, “I will continue to do everything I can to see that these goals are realized.”