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WHEREAS, cardiovascular disease affects men, women, and children of every age and race in Nevada; cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in Nevada according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC); and

WHEREAS, from 2019-2020, deaths from heart disease increased by 3.4 % and stroke deaths increased in the same period by 6%; and

WHEREAS, according to the CDC Foundation, in 2015, cardiovascular disease accounted for $320 billion in health care expenditures and lost productivity in the U.S., and by 2030 it is estimated that cardiovascular disease will account for $1.093 trillion in health care expenditures and lost productivity annually; and

WHEREAS, the global COVID-19 pandemic poses significantly higher risk to individuals with cardiovascular disease and risk factors; and

WHEREAS, cardiovascular diseases are the number one killer of women in the U.S., taking the lives of more women than all forms of cancer combined, and cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of maternal death; and

WHEREAS, individuals in the U.S. have made great progress in reducing the death rate for cardiovascular disease, but this progress has been more modest with respect to the death rate for cardiovascular disease in women and minorities; and

WHEREAS, women, especially Black and Hispanic women, are disproportionally impacted by heart disease and stroke and research shows heart attacks are on the rise in younger women. Yet younger generations of women, Gen Z and Millennials, are less likely to be aware of their greatest health threat, including knowing the warning signs of heart attacks and strokes; and

WHEREAS, American Heart Month in Nevada is proclaimed to recognize the challenges faced by those diagnosed with cardiovascular disease and their family and friends. During this month we come together to learn about the vast impact cardiovascular disease has on Nevadans, and to advocate for increased awareness for vulnerable and underserved populations;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, STEVE SISOLAK, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim the month of February 2022, as

AMERICAN HEART MONTH IN NEVADA

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 25th day of January, 2022

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