February 7 through February 14, 2012: Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week

WHEREAS, a congenital heart defect is present at birth and can involve flaws in the walls and valves in the heart, and the arteries and veins near the heart, often disrupting the normal flow of blood; and,


WHEREAS, congenital heart defects are the most common type of major birth defect and are a leading cause of birth-defect related deaths worldwide; and, 


WHEREAS, some congenital heart defects are not diagnosed until months or years after birth, and undiagnosed heart conditions are the cause of many sudden cardiac deaths of young people, especially athletes; and,


WHEREAS, during this week, we join with numerous individuals, families, non-profit organizations, support groups and health professionals in Michigan to raise awareness of congenital heart defects in Michigan; we encourage citizens throughout the state to learn more about congenital heart defects and to show support for continued research and educational services;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Tuesday, February 7 through Tuesday, February 14, 2012 as Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week in Michigan.