Sending Office: Honorable Bobby L. Rush
Request for Cosponsor(s)
Help Raise Awareness of Heart Disease in Black Women:
Cosponsor Resolution for Black Women’s Heart Health Awareness Week
Cosponsors (13): Bass, Clarke (NY), Cohen, Grijalva, Lawrence, Lee, Nadler, Norton, Payne, Serrano, Thompson
(MS), Watson Coleman, Wilson
As you may be aware, February is American Heart Health Month. A month that allows us the opportunity to spread the message about heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease kills over 2,000 Americans a day, an average of one
death every 40 seconds. This rate makes heart disease the leading cause of death for men and women.
This statistic is even more urgent for one group, in particular: heart disease predominantly affects Black women, killing nearly 50,000 women annually. They have the highest rate of cardiovascular diseases due, in part, to the high prevalence of certain
risk factors like obesity, high blood pressure, stress, high cholesterol, smoking, and diabetes. When compared to other ethnic groups, Black women have the highest incidence of these risk factors compared to white and Hispanic women. Additionally, Black
women are less likely than white women to be aware that heart disease is the leading cause of death.
As a country, we are at a crossroads between life and death due to the nearly 49% of Black women who suffer from heart health conditions and are completely unaware. In fact, only 52% of them are aware of the signs and symptoms. This is especially problematic
when nearly 50% of women suffer from cardiovascular disease and have not sought medical treatment.
As February is both Black History Month and American Heart Month, my resolution designates the week of February 12, 2018, as the “Black Women’s Heart Health Awareness Week.” This designation aims to make Black women across the nation aware of the potential
battle they face with heart disease and what preventative steps are available.
To learn more or to cosponsor please, contact Auburn Bell in Congressman Rush’s office at
Bobby L. Rush
Member of Congress
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