Target: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Goal: Raise awareness on stroke disease and make better prevention of it a priority for our nation’s health agenda.
More than 2 .5 million people in America are affected by Atrial Fibrillation, or AF, each year. AF is the most common heart rhythm disorder. People with this condition are 500 percent more likely to have a stroke, caused by the restriction of blood flow from blood clots that an irregular heartbeat promotes. This number is forecasted to double by the year 2050 due to an aging population, symptoms being overlooked, and and a less than favorable national awareness of prevention methods. To bring attention to this life-threatening disease and support the Global Atrial Fibrillation Patient Charter would mean the sparing of many lives taken or disabled by strokes.
The Global AF Patient Charter was created in 2011 by a leading committee of six patient organizations in partnership with a large number of other patient group representatives from all over the world. These organizations went about inventing a global charter in order to lend a voice to the many living with AF. This charter and it’s related campaign, Sign Against Stroke, advocates the initiation of new policies and health prevention measures regarding AF, targeting healthcare providers and policy makers worldwide.
Designed to voice the ideas and recommendations of every person living with AF and bring every nation’s attention to the risks and need for improvement on their care and treatment methods, the committee’s goal is to collect 1.7 million signatures. 1.7 million is the number of men and women disabled or killed by AF strokes per year, bringing into perspective for national health departments just how large an issue AF truly is.
Symptoms of AF include heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and chest pain or discomfort among many other indications. Prevention methods such as a simple pulse test can lead to a definite diagnosis and appropriate treatment can follow, reducing the risk of a stroke caused by AF. If the condition is not caught early on, the risk of suffering a stroke dramatically increases. A stroke can limit nearly every single human function, making life after the incident very difficult.
Support the Sign Against Stroke campaign and pledge to sign the Global Atrial Fibrillation Patient Charter. Help shed light upon this issue and promote the raising of awareness on Atrial Fibrillation heart rhythm disorder to reduce the number of preventable deaths it causes.
Dear U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
Atrial Fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm disorder and while it is easily caught and treated early on, it often goes unnoticed leading to more serious health complications such as stroke and often death. A stroke leaves its victim disabled, without the ability to function properly and enjoy a normal life. 2.5 million people are affected by AF in the United States alone, with several millions more inflicted with the disease around the world. If more awareness was brought to this condition, better preventative measures could be put in place and lives could be saved. This is exactly the mission of the committee behind the Global Atrial Fibrillation Patient Charter.
Created in 2011, the patient charter was designed to lend a voice to the millions suffering from AF and AF strokes. The Global AF Patient Charter is intended to persuade health care policy makers and providers worldwide to implement better prevention and treatment plans in hopes of reducing the number of people who are disabled or killed each year by the effects of this disease. I urge the health department to take part in adapting many of these recommended policies into national health care regulations, hopefully influencing other countries to do the same. I support the Sign Against Stroke campaign and hope you will too.
[Your Name Here]
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