Governor Dalrymple met with AHA volunteers, survivors and staff on Monday, February 9th and proclaimed it Heart and Stroke Day in North Dakota. Heart and Stroke Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and stroke, and to bring attention to opportunities to improve health and well-being through legislative policy. During his remarks, Governor Dalrymple reminder legislators and other visitors to the Capitol that while we have made significant strides in improving outcomes for heart disease, it is still our state's number one killer of adults. The Governor also noted that stroke is the leading preventable cause of disability and eighty percent of cardiac events can be prevented with a healthy lifestyle.
We are proud of the work that has already been done to improve cardiac and stroke care in North Dakota. The Governor noted that North Dakota has championed improved emergency response and newborn screenings for congenital heart defects and has set a standard for other states to follow on strong stroke and cardiac systems of care.
The Governor concluded his remarks urging all citizens to recognize that living healthier leads to longer, fuller and more active lives with less disease care in the later years and to call 9-1-1 at the first signs of heart attack or stroke symptoms.