Rush Introduces Resolution Designating the Week of February 12 through February 16, 2018 as ‘‘Black Women’s Heart Health Awareness Week’’
Feb 5, 2018
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) introduced, H. Res. 722, a resolution supporting the designation of the week of February 12 through February 16, 2018 as “Black Women’s Heart Health Awareness Week” to raise awareness and understanding that heart disease is the number one killer of women and that it disproportionately affects black women.
As the country celebrates Black History Month and American Heart Month this February, it is critical to elevate both the cultural significance of the month and the awareness of the health crisis directly impacting black women.
“This is an issue that hits close to home, as I lost my beloved wife and best friend, Carolyn, to heart disease last year,” said Rush. “I am personally committed to doing what I can to help educate black women about their health risk and how to prevent this disease from impacting their lives. Black women are leading the way in our country and we must do everything we can to not only promote their successes but protect their hearts.”
The statistics for the impact of cardiovascular diseases in black women are staggering and should be a siren call to action. According to the American Heart Association:
• African-American women are less likely than Caucasian women to be aware that heart disease is the leading cause of death.
• Cardiovascular diseases kill nearly 50,000 African-American women annually.
• Of African-American women ages 20 and older, 49 percent have heart diseases.
• Only 1 in 5 African-American women believes she is personally at risk.
• Only 52 percent of African-American women are aware of the signs and symptoms of a heart attack.
• Only 36 percent of African-American women know that heart disease is their greatest health risk.
“I hope that this resolution further increases the awareness of the work that is currently being done and allows us all to stand together in improving the heart health of all those who are disproportionately affected. Fighting against this deadly disease is my mission and it is how I will continue to honor my late wife, Carolyn,” said Rush.
To kick off the week, Congressman Rush will host an event called, “A Heart to Heart Conversation: African-American Women and Heart Disease,” on Monday, February 12, 2018 from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Illinois Institute of Technology, located at 10 West 35th Street Chicago, Illinois. The event, which is open to the public, will include a panel discussion, audience Q&A, and be moderated by radio host Pam Morris Walton.