Congresswoman Beatty Standing Up for Heart Health
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As February and American Heart Month come to a close, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03), Co-Chair of the Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition, introduced three resolutions to improve awareness around cardiovascular disease.
This month, Beatty helped lead introduction of H.Res. 860, a resolution to recognize February as ‘American Heart Month’ in Congress. In addition, she authored a measure, H.Res. 873, to highlight the disproportionate impact of cardiovascular disease on African-American women. Finally, Beatty sponsored H.Res. 874 to declare February 22nd as ‘Heart Valve Awareness Day.’
“Right now, more than 121 million people in the United States are living with cardiovascular disease, including 5 million with heart valve disease alone, and almost 50 percent of Americans have at least one of the three risk factors for heart disease,” Beatty said. “Worse still, African-American women are 60 percent more likely to have high blood pressure and African-Americans are over 20 percent more likely to die from heart disease.” Beatty continued, “These sobering statistics are proof positive that more needs to be done to get Americans ‘heart healthy,’ and I will continue to lead that fight in Congress and urge my colleagues to join me in the effort.”
Beatty’s heart health resolutions are awaiting further consideration in the House Energy and Commerce Committee.