Preeclampsia Awareness Week


WHEREAS, preeclampsia is a syndrome marked by a sudden increase in the blood pressure of a pregnant woman that can affect the mother's kidney, liver and brain, and if left untreated, can be fatal for the mother and/or the baby; and

WHEREAS, as many as 6-10% of all pregnancies experience preeclampsia; and 

WHEREAS, warning signs may be headaches, pain on the right side, vision abnormalities, swollen face and hands, and gaining weight quickly; and

WHEREAS, because no specific preventative treatments are known, it is important that women experiencing such signs during pregnancy seek medical assistance; and

WHEREAS, preeclampsia doubles the risk of heart attack and stroke and quadruples the risk of high blood pressure later in life; and

WHEREAS, public awareness of preeclampsia can help inform women about the illness and the importance of seeking the appropriate medical care when ill; and

WHEREAS, the Promise Walk for Preeclampsia supports the mission of the Preeclampsia Foundation which provides patient support and education, raises public awareness, catalyzes research and improves health care practices for millions of mothers and their babies ever year who are impacted by preeclampsia and related hypertensive disorders of  pregnancy; and

WHEREAS, Virginians can talk place at the annual Promise Walk for Preeclampsia at its Virginia locations in Culpeper, or Abingdon, on May 9; and

WHEREAS, Preeclampsia Awareness Week is an opportunity for Virginians to raise public awareness in order to minimize maternal and infant illness and death due to preeclampsia;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 3-10, 2015, as PREECLAMPSIA AWARENESS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.