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

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

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