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On July 29, 2011, the U.S. Senate approved Senate Resolution 243, the Atrial Fibrillation Resolution, by unanimous consent. “Promoting increased awareness, diagnosis, and treatment of atrial fibrillation to address the high morbidity and mortality rates and to prevent avoidable hospitalizations associated with the disease,” the resolution was introduced by Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) in response to the growing number of Americans affected by Atrial Fibrillation (AF).

Senators Robert P. Casey (D-PA), Daniel Akaka (D-HI), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Patrick Toomey (R-PA), and Daniel Inouye (D-HI) co-sponsored the resolution, which is a companion bill to the House Resolution 295. This resolution was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in June 2011 by Representatives Kay Granger (R-TX), Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), and Charles Gonzalez (D-TX).

The AF Resolution recommends that the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and medical community leaders should work together to develop better research, screening, prevention, and surveillance efforts surrounding AF, which currently effects more than 2.5 million Americans. The Resolution goes on to outline key components of these efforts, including developing outcome measures, adopting evidence-based guidelines, advancing research and education, and improving access to medical care for folks with AF.

Passage of the resolution was facilitated by a host of health organizations, including the Heart Rhythm Society, American Academy of Neurology, American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, and many more.
~ Jamie LaRue, RN


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