House Resolution 4 - Introduced HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 4 BY MOHR , FRY , A. MEYER , WESSEL-KROESCHELL , BOSSMAN , MOORE , LATHAM , ANDREWS , BODEN , KNIFF MCCULLA , JENEARY , BRADLEY , and WOOD A Resolution designating a hypertrophic cardiomyopathy 1 awareness day and promoting efforts to educate 2 people about hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. 3 WHEREAS, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a 4 chronic cardiac disease involving thickening of the 5 heart muscle that can potentially lead to debilitating 6 symptoms and serious complications including heart 7 failure, atrial fibrillation, stroke, and, in rare 8 cases, sudden cardiac death; and 9 WHEREAS, HCM is the most common inheritable heart 10 disease, potentially affecting anyone regardless of 11 age, gender, or ethnicity, with a reported prevalence 12 ranging from 1 in 200 to 1 in 500 in the general 13 population; and 14 WHEREAS, an estimated 700,000 to 1,650,000 people 15 in the United States have HCM, yet approximately 85 16 percent of those with HCM remain undiagnosed; and 17 WHEREAS, HCM shares symptoms with other common 18 cardiac and pulmonary diseases, such as shortness 19 of breath, chest pain, fatigue, palpitations, and 20 fainting, making it difficult to distinguish HCM from 21 these other diseases; and 22 WHEREAS, the all-cause mortality risk is three to 23 four times higher in patients with HCM than that of the 24 general population; and 25 WHEREAS, knowing one’s medical history and any signs 26 -1- LSB 1391YH (8) 90 pf/rn 1/ 2
H.R. 4 and symptoms of HCM is an important first step in 1 receiving an accurate diagnosis of HCM; and 2 WHEREAS, a health care provider must conduct a 3 thorough screening with cardiac health questions to 4 help identify a risk of cardiac disorders both genetic 5 and congenital; and 6 WHEREAS, a health care provider may conduct several 7 tests, including an echocardiogram, a cardiac MRI, or 8 genetic testing to confirm a family history of HCM, and 9 must examine the heart to diagnose HCM; and 10 WHEREAS, following a diagnosis of HCM, it is 11 important for patients to work with their health 12 care provider to learn more about their disease and 13 understand different management options, including 14 prescription medicines and surgical treatment options 15 that may help; NOW THEREFORE, 16 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, 17 That the Iowa House of Representatives designates the 18 fourth Wednesday in February, annually, as Hypertrophic 19 Cardiomyopathy Awareness Day to raise awareness, 20 encourage education, and improve understanding of HCM 21 to promote early diagnosis and appropriate treatment. 22 -2- LSB 1391YH (8) 90 pf/rn 2/ 2