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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Congresswoman Beatty Joins in World Heart Day Celebration

Sep 29, 2017

Congresswoman Beatty Joins in World Heart Day Celebration

Today, September 29, 2017, is World Heart Day, a global initiative dedicated to improving heart health and fighting against cardiovascular disease (CVD). As Co-Chair of the Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) issued the following statement:

“As a stroke survivor, it is important to recognize that CVD, including heart disease and stroke, is the world’s leading cause of death—claiming more than 17 million lives each year according to the World Heart Federation. I understand firsthand the long-term impact CVD has on so many people physically, psychologically, emotionally and even professionally, which is why I have worked tirelessly in Congress to raise awareness and to improve health outcomes and employment opportunities for individuals affected by CVD. Today, and every day, I encourage my fellow Ohioans and all Americans to better know the signs, symptoms and risk factors of CVD—through awareness and by making simple lifestyle changes, you can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke by 80 percent.”

In Congress, Congresswoman Beatty has introduced two pieces of legislation related to heart disease and stroke: (1) the Return to Work Awareness Act, H.R. 1128; and (2) the furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine (FAST) Act, H.R. 1148. The Return to Work Awareness Act aims to help improve the employability prospects of people affected by heart attack, stroke or other serious health issues, and the FAST Act would expand access to stroke telemedicine (also called “telestroke”) for more Americans. H.R. 1128 is awaiting further consideration by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and H.R. 1148 was recently forwarded by the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health for a full vote by the Committee.

Established by the World Heart Federation, World Heart Day is recognized each year on September 29th. For more information on World Heart Day, please visit the World Heart Federation website. Also, be sure to join the conversation online by using the hashtag: #WorldHeartDay.