Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas A disturbance in the heart rhythm, known as a cardiac arrhythmia, can be an important warning sign of a more serious heart condition, such as sudden cardiac arrest

Whereas Nearly two-thirds of SCA deaths occur without any prior indications of heart disease and the condition can affect people of all ages and health conditions; and

Whereas Accounting for half of all heart deaths in the United States, more than 250,000 deaths occur each year as a result of SCA—more lives than are lost each year to breast cancer, lung cancer or AIDS; and  

Whereas The side effects of atrial fibrillation, the most common type of cardiac arrhythmia, if left untreated, can be life threatening; and

Whereas Approximately 2.5 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with AF and 160,000 new cases are diagnosed each year; in the next 40 years more than 5.6 million adults are expected to be diagnosed with AF; and

Whereas There are several non- or minimally invasive tests that can be done to check for cardiac arrhythmias and to decrease the likelihood of becoming a victim of SCA or AF; and

Whereas Through public awareness, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts seeks to minimize the devastating effects that can occur among all Massachusetts citizens when cardiac arrhythmias go undetected,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim May 2012,  to be

Cardiac Arrhythmia Awareness Month

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twenty-fifth day of April, in the year two thousand and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.
               By His Excellency                  

Deval L. Patrick                     
Governor of the Commonwealth           

William Francis Galvin              
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts