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POLLED OUT OF COMMITTEE
April 22, 1999
Introduced by Reps. J. Brown, Allen, Allison, Altman, Askins, Bailey, Bales, Barfield, Barrett, Battle, Beck, Bowers, Breeland, G. Brown, H. Brown, T. Brown, Campsen, Canty, Carnell, Cato, Chellis, Clyburn, Cobb-Hunter, Cooper, Cotty, Dantzler, Davenport, Delleney, Easterday, Edge, Emory, Fleming, Gamble, Gilham, Gourdine, Govan, Hamilton, Harrell, Harris, Harrison, Harvin, Haskins, Hawkins, Hayes, J. Hines, M. Hines, Hinson, Howard, Inabinett, Jennings, Keegan, Kelley, Kennedy, Kirsh, Klauber, Knotts, Koon, Lanford, Law, Leach, Lee, Limehouse, Littlejohn, Lloyd, Loftis, Lourie, Lucas, Mack, Maddox, Martin, Mason, McCraw, McGee, McKay, M. McLeod, W. McLeod, McMahand, Meacham, Miller, Moody-Lawrence, Neal, Neilson, Ott, Parks, Phillips, Pinckney, Quinn, Rhoad, Rice, Riser, Robinson, Rodgers, Rutherford, Sandifer, Scott, Seithel, Sharpe, Sheheen, Simrill, D. Smith, F. Smith, J. Smith, R. Smith, Stille, Stuart, Taylor, Townsend, Tripp, Trotter, Vaughn, Walker, Webb, Whatley, Whipper, Wilder, Wilkes, Wilkins, Witherspoon, Woodrum and Young-Brickell
S. Printed 4/22/99--S.
Read the first time April 13, 1999.
To whom was referred a Concurrent Resolution (H. 3899), to declare May, 1999, as Stroke Awareness Month, etc., respectfully
Has polled the Concurrent Resolution out majority favorable.
TO DECLARE MAY, 1999, AS STROKE AWARENESS MONTH IN SOUTH CAROLINA AND TO URGE ALL CITIZENS TO EDUCATE THEMSELVES REGARDING THE RISK FACTORS FOR STROKE AND HEART DISEASE AND TO RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF THESE CONDITIONS.
Whereas, South Carolina suffers from the highest death rate from stroke and heart disease in the nation; and
Whereas, stroke and heart disease are major preventable killers in South Carolina; and
Whereas, the average South Carolinian lives two years less than the average American; and
Whereas, eastern South Carolina is known as the "Buckle of the Stroke Belt" because of the high occurrence of stroke in this area; and
Whereas, stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in both South Carolina and the United States; and
Whereas, stroke and heart disease are South Carolina's leading killers, accounting for approximately fifty percent of all deaths in the State; and
Whereas, stroke, heart disease, and related complications are major causes of hospitalization, disability, and health care costs; and during 1997, $3,200,000,000 was spent for hospitalizations in South Carolina for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, including stroke, heart failure and shock, coronary bypass, cardiac catheterization, heart transplant, and end stage renal disease; and
Whereas, stroke and heart disease cost the State of South Carolina countless millions of dollars in lost wages, rehabilitation costs, and lost economic opportunity; and
Whereas, widespread risk factors for developing heart disease and stroke, uncontrolled high blood pressure, high cholesterol, physical inactivity, obesity, smoking, atrial fibrillation, diabetes all can be reduced and/or prevented; and
Whereas, it is the public policy of this State to prevent unnecessary mortality, morbidity, cost, and needless suffering from stroke and heart disease stroke wherever possible; and
Whereas, the South Carolina General Assembly recognizes that prevention of stroke and heart disease is a matter of both state and local policy and of public concern and that involving professionals from multiple disciplines and persons from multiple sectors of society can increase the understanding of the causes of and methods for preventing the heart disease and stroke burden to the citizens of South Carolina; and
Whereas, increased awareness of the causes, signs, and symptoms of these diseases is essential to prevention and treatment; and
Whereas, a coordinated, comprehensive, planned joint public and private effort is needed to achieve the prevention and awareness of this unnecessary burden from stroke and heart disease in South Carolina; and
Whereas, a coordinated, comprehensive, long-term statewide effort to reduce risk factors in all population groups can markedly reduce the continuing toll of stroke and heart disease in South Carolina. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
That, by this resolution, the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina declares the month of May, 1999, as Stroke Awareness Month in South Carolina and urges all citizens to educate themselves regarding the risk factors for stroke and heart disease and to recognize the signs and symptoms of these conditions.
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