Featured Stroke Survivor Stories
Brianne Cassidy woke up to the sound of her golden retriever barking frantically and running around the room. When Brianne tried to get up to investigate, she realized she could barely move. She picked up her nearby cell phone and called her mom.
“I think something’s wrong with me,” she said. On the other end, her mom heard garbled words.
With a pit in her stomach, she assured Brianne she was rushing home and also called a neighbor to go check on her. The moment the neighbor opened the door, Brianne collapsed.
They would soon realize Brianne, a healthy 24-year-old, was having a major stroke.
A group of people came together at the right time, in the right place, with the right tools, to save Brianne’s. Watch their story.
As a husband, father of two, business owner and surfer,
life was good for Stefan.
Then he had a stroke.
Stefan suffered a stroke while driving to work.He lost vision in his left eye, then became
paralyzed on the left side of his body.
Thanks to a fast-responding emergency team
and a skilled physician armed with a ground breaking treatment, he made a complete recovery. Today, Stefan’s life is more than good—it’s inspiring. Watch his story.
About the Initiative
The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Together to End Stroke™ initiative, nationally sponsored by Medtronic, aims to educate all Americans that stroke is largely preventable, treatable and beatable. Through Together to End Stroke, efforts are focused on increasing awareness and driving action among Americans across the entire stroke continuum of care; prevention, acute treatment, and post-stroke rehabilitation.
From families to healthcare professionals, and corporations to communities, everyone has a critical role to play in creating stroke-aware communities. While stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of long-term disability among adults in the U.S., many Americans do not think of stroke as a major health concern.
We have made a lot of progress, but we still have a ways to go to end stroke and we need your help!
Together to End Stroke Goals
- Increase Americans’ knowledge of the major stroke risk factors and motivate them to take steps to reduce their risk.
- Increase Americans' knowledge of the F.A.S.T. stroke warning signs and the importance of calling 911 at the first sign of a stroke to minimize the long-term of effects of a stroke and even prevent death.
- Increase Americans' knowledge of and engagement in the American Stroke Association's post-stroke resources and services.
Why We Need Your Support
In the U.S., 800,000 people have a stroke each year, one every 40 seconds. Yet, 80% of strokes are preventable, many Americans cannot identify the stroke warning signs, and most stroke survivors and family caregivers do not know where to go for stroke recovery information. This presents a great opportunity to work together to teach Americans how to prevent a stroke, as well as how to recognize, respond to, and recover from a stroke. With your help, we can close the gap in stroke awareness and help save lives.
Let's Work Together to End Stroke
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Join the Together to End Stroke community to learn about how you can help spread stroke awareness and receive monthly updates about ASA news, health tips and events.
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See how you can get involved to help prevent, treat and beat stroke and advance AHA/ASA’s lifesaving mission.
|Wear Your Support|
Help spread stroke awareness by wearing your support. Order your Stroke Heroes Shirt, Solidarity Strings, Mirror Clings Together to End Stroke Lapel pin and more!
Spread Stroke Awareness with Free Resources
|Stroke Risk Prevention|
Take the stroke risk quiz (PDF opens in new window) to see if you are at higher risk for stroke, and share the quiz with your community.
|Spot A Stroke F.A.S.T.|
Could you spot a stroke F.A.S.T.? Learn the stroke warning signs and download the free F.A.S.T. Mobile App today and share it with your community. You could save a life, possibly yours!
|Life After Stroke|
Learn about post-stroke rehabilitation, support groups, caregiving resources and more.
|Stroke Risk Factors|
Did you know high blood pressure is the leading modifiable stroke risk factor? Or that cigarette smoking is a stroke risk factor? Learn more about how to control stroke risk factors.
|Free F.A.S.T. Resources|
Download free stroke education materials to help your patients and community recognize and respond to a stroke F.A.S.T.
|Stroke Connection Magazine|
Stroke Connection keeps you abreast of how to cope, how to reduce your risk of stroke and how to make the most of each day.
|Free Stroke Prevention Tools|
Download free tools about reducing stroke risk and how individuals, healthcare professionals and organizations can get communities involved in the fight against stroke.
|Professional Stroke Treatment Resources |
Download stroke guidelines, learn about the Target: Stroke campaign to reduce door-to-needle time to 60 minutes or less in eligible ischemic stroke patients, and more.
|Free Post-Stroke Materials|
Download free post-stroke resources for caregivers, stroke survivors and healthcare professionals.