American Stroke Month

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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.

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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.

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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 or contact your local American Heart Association office. Together we can end stroke!

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asm webpage-homepage -warning signs button BECAUSE 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.
asm webpage-homepage -quiz button TAKE OUR F.A.S.T. QUIZ. Share the quiz with your friends, family and coworkers so more Americans will be stroke ready.
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asm webpage-homepage -download button DOWNLOAD 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.
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asm webpage-homepage -share tools button IF YOU’RE A HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL OR PROVIDER, use the Stroke Resource Center to help educate your patients and community about stroke.
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