Summary

H.Res. 295: Promoting increased awareness, diagnosis, and treatment of atrial fibrillation to address the high morbidity and mortality rates and to prevent avoidable hospitalizations associated with this disease. Read More

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This resolution was introduced on Jun 2, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

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RESOLUTION

Promoting increased awareness, diagnosis, and treatment of atrial fibrillation to address the high morbidity and mortality rates and to prevent avoidable hospitalizations associated with this disease.

Whereas atrial fibrillation is a cardiac condition when the usual coordinated electrical activity in the atria of the heart becomes disorganized and chaotic, hampering the atria's ability to fill the ventricles with blood, and allowing blood to pool in the atria and form clots; Whereas an estimated 2,500,000 Americans are living with atrial fibrillation, the most common ``serious'' heart rhythm abnormality in people over the age of 65 years and is associated with an increased long-term risk of stroke, heart failure, and all-cause mortality, especially among women; Whereas people over the age of 40 have a one-in-four risk of developing atrial fibrillation in their lifetime; Whereas an estimated 15 percent of strokes are the result of untreated atrial fibrillation, a condition that dramatically increases the risk of stroke, approximately 5 times over the general population; Whereas atrial fibrillation accounts for approximately 529,000 hospital discharges annually; Whereas it is estimated that atrial fibrillation costs $3,600 per patient for a total cost burden in the United States of $15,700,000,000; Whereas better patient and health care provider education is needed for the timely recognition of atrial fibrillation symptoms; Whereas an electrocardiogram is an effective and risk-free screen for heart rhythm irregularities and can be part of a routine preventive exam; Whereas there is a dearth of outcome performance measures that focus on the management of atrial...

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H.Res. 294 Providing for consideration of the resolution (H. Res. 292) declaring... H.Res. 296 Expressing support for peaceful demonstrations and universal freedoms...