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  • American Heart Month

    by Representative Robert J. Dold

    Posted on 2016-02-23

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    DOLD asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. DOLD. Mr. Speaker, today I rise to recognize February as American Heart Month.

    Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Every 43 seconds, someone in the United States [[Page H839]] dies of a heart attack. Fortunately, research has determined actions we can take to prevent this disease and other heart conditions.

    As a member of the Fitness Caucus here in the House of Representatives, I work to promote an active lifestyle as a preventive measure for many diseases, including heart disease.

    High blood pressure often shows no signs or symptoms, which is why having your blood pressure checked regularly is very important. It is easy to get your blood pressure checked.

    You can get it screened at your doctor's office and drugstores. You could even check it yourself at home using a home blood pressure monitor.

    The CDC and their Million Hearts effort is aiming to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the United States by 2017. To do that, they are encouraging Americans to make control their goal. If you know you have high blood pressure, ask your doctor what your blood pressure should be and set a goal. Together we can raise awareness and save lives.


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