American Stroke Month

May is American Stroke Month. Learn how you can be a Stroke hero.
 
Anyone can have a stroke. Be ready. Test yourself. Take the FAST Quiz. (link) Become a stroke hero. Learn the signs of stroke. Download the FAST Mobile app. (link)
 
F - Face Drooping, A - Arm Weakness, S - Speech Difficulty, T - Time to call 911 (link)

STROKE HEROES KNOW WHAT THE ACRONYM F.A.S.T. STANDS FOR.
They're ready to spot stroke signs and act quickly by calling 9-1-1. They might help make the difference between life and death or between full recovery and permanent disability. They're the heroes we all want around us, to help if we need them. They're the heroes we all want to be.

You can become a stroke hero just by knowing the stroke warning signs and being prepared to use them.

 
Why American Stroke Month Matters
 
Every 40 seconds someone has a stroke One out of six people will suffer a stroke in his or her lifetime
   
Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the United States. Stroke is the number five cause of death in the United States

Despite the tremendous toll stroke takes, the vast majority of Americans do not think of stroke as a major health concern. And one in three Americans is unable to identify all the F.A.S.T. stroke warning signs.

We need to make more people aware that stroke threatens millions of American lives, young and old, male and female, from every background. At the same time, stroke is largely preventable, treatable and beatable.

American Stroke Month is an annual opportunity to get the word out. Each May, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recognizes American Stroke Month by rallying the nation around the cause because together we can end stroke.

 
What you can do Team up with us
 
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The focus of this year's American Stroke Month effort is making sure there are plenty of stroke heroes ready to save lives — and quality of life — from stroke.

We hope you'll join in by learning the F.A.S.T. signs and sharing them with as many people as possible. Teach your family, friends and coworkers to spot a stroke F.A.S.T. and call 9-1-1 immediately. Remember: the sooner stroke is treated, the better the odds of survival and a full recovery.

 

A growing number of individuals and organizations are helping spread American Stroke Month across the nation and throughout the world. From families to healthcare professionals, corporations, national organizations, professional societies, and communities, each team member plays a critical role in helping create healthier communities.

To explore future alliances with us for American Stroke Month or another campaign, email FAST@heart.org or contact your local American Heart Association office. Together we can end stroke!

campaign resources
 
Watch our latest public service announcement with NBA all-star Paul George (video link) 
For Everyone - English (link) For Everyone - Spanish (link)
   
For Healthcare Professionals (link) For Strategic Alliances (link)
   
For Affiliates (link) For Media (link)
 
Tips for Supporting American Stroke Month
 
stroke warning signs-asm page 2015BECAUSE ANYONE CAN HAVE A STROKE, EVERYONE SHOULD BE READY. That's why we're challenging everyone to learn and share the warning signs of stroke, F.A.S.T. (Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to call 9-1-1). Make sure your family and friends can rely on you to be their stroke hero in case of a stroke emergency.
take our fast quiz-asm page 2015TAKE OUR F.A.S.T. QUIZ. Share the quiz with your friends, family and coworkers so more Americans will be stroke ready.
share our tools and resources-asm page 2015SHARE OUR TOOLS AND RESOURCES with your networks, family, coworkers and at events within your community.
 
download our app-asm page 2015DOWNLOAD OUR FREE F.A.S.T. MOBILE APP to learn how to spot a stroke F.A.S.T.. It puts the warning signs of stroke at your fingertips, identifies stroke centers near you, provides prevention and post-stroke information as well as other resources.
share asm messages-asm page 2015SHARE AMERICAN STROKE MONTH MESSAGES (PDF) on your social media accounts and join our Twitter Parties.
hcp provider-asm page 2015IF YOU’RE A HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL OR PROVIDER, use the Stroke Resource Center to help educate your patients and community about stroke.
 
Support Network - Meet other survivors and caregivers like you. (link)
Show Your Support For Stroke - Get your stroke month gear (link)
 
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