House Resolution 4 - Introduced

An Act 1designating a hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
2awareness day and promoting efforts to educate
3people about hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
4WHEREAS, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a
5chronic cardiac disease involving thickening of the
6heart muscle that can potentially lead to debilitating
7symptoms and serious complications including heart
8failure, atrial fibrillation, stroke, and, in rare
9cases, sudden cardiac death;and
10WHEREAS, HCM is the most common inheritable heart
11disease, potentially affecting anyone regardless of
12age, gender, or ethnicity, with a reported prevalence
13ranging from 1 in 200 to 1 in 500 in the general
15WHEREAS, an estimated 700,000 to 1,650,000 people
16in the United States have HCM, yet approximately 85
17percent of those with HCM remain undiagnosed;and
18WHEREAS, HCM shares symptoms with other common
19cardiac and pulmonary diseases, such as shortness
20of breath, chest pain, fatigue, palpitations, and
21fainting, making it difficult to distinguish HCM from
22these other diseases;and
23WHEREAS, the all-cause mortality risk is three to
24four times higher in patients with HCM than that of the
25general population;and
26WHEREAS, knowing one’s medical history and any signs
-1-1and symptoms of HCM is an important first step in
2receiving an accurate diagnosis of HCM;and
3WHEREAS, a health care provider must conduct a
4thorough screening with cardiac health questions to
5help identify a risk of cardiac disorders both genetic
6and congenital;and
7WHEREAS, a health care provider may conduct several
8tests, including an echocardiogram, a cardiac MRI, or
9genetic testing to confirm a family history of HCM, and
10must examine the heart to diagnose HCM;and
11WHEREAS, following a diagnosis of HCM, it is
12important for patients to work with their health
13care provider to learn more about their disease and
14understand different management options, including
15prescription medicines and surgical treatment options
16that may help;NOW THEREFORE,
18That the Iowa House of Representatives designates the
19fourth Wednesday in February, annually, as Hypertrophic
20Cardiomyopathy Awareness Day to raise awareness,
21encourage education, and improve understanding of HCM
22to promote early diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
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