Learn how to raise stroke awareness during National Stroke Awareness Month in May and throughout the year. Explore the Resource Center for programs and activities aimed to increase public awareness of lifesaving stroke information and provide the stroke community a role in the act of raising awareness. Join stroke champions across the U.S. by encouraging others to be aware and share knowledge about stroke.
Up to 80 percent of all strokes can be prevented by working with a healthcare professional to manage risk.
Although stroke can happen to anyone, certain risk factors such as high blood pressure and diabetes can increase chances of a stroke. By following the latest prevention guidelines and filling out a stroke risk scorecard to discuss with a doctor, you are on the path to preventing a future stroke.
Stroke is an emergency and must be responded to urgently so a doctor can evaluate whether or not treatment will help. Treatments for stroke include a clot-buster drug called tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA), a clot retriever device and a system for revascularization. t-PA must be given with three hours of the first symptom appearing. To make sure you and others act FAST and call 9-1-1 immediately at any sign of a stroke, learn the FAST test and read about all the sudden warning signs so you can respond appropriately.
Recovery & Rehabilitation:
Recovery from stroke is a lifelong process. For many people, recovery begins with formal rehabilitation, which can restore independence by improving physical, mental and emotional functions. It is important for you and your family to know that no matter where you are in your recovery journey, there is always hope.
National Stroke Association offers tools, resources and support for all types of issues survivors face after stroke.