Stroke Prevention! World Stroke Day is Thursday, 10/29

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Did you know that stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the leading preventable case of disability in the US? Each year, about 800,000 Americans suffer a new or recurrent stroke. Furthermore, someone in the world has a stroke every 2 seconds.

As you may know, World Stroke Day is Thursday, 10/29, so we’re working with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and the Ad Council to raise awareness about Stroke knowledge, prevention, and what to do in an emergency. Here’s why this work matters.

  • 1 in 6 people will have a stroke in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 3 Americans cannot name at least one sign of stroke.
  • When you recognize a stroke and immediately call 9-1-1, the person has a greater chance of getting to an appropriate hospital quickly and being assessed for treatment options like a clot-busting drug or clot-busting device.

 We hope you’ll support the effort because together, we can end stroke.


Here are some great easy ways you can help spread the word about Stroke Prevention! 

Share the Paul George PSAJoin thousands of media partners who have donated advertising to stroke education. (Per the Ad Council’s model, all PSAs run in advertising time and space donated by the media.) The latest stroke PSAs feature NBA All-Star Paul George. More on his mother’s stroke story here

Join the @American Stroke Twitter Chat! It will be hosted by @iHeartRadio on 10/29 at 12pm CT. The hashtag is #StrokeChat. Hear other people’s F.A.S.T. Songs, share your own, and join us for a great discussion about stroke! There will be giveaways. 

Share the F.A.S.T. Song – The ASA has created a simple song to help people remember the stroke warning signs. We have the F.A.S.T. song in several musical styles – pick your favorite and share! If you’re really brave, sing it, or record a lip sync version. It’s fun and for a good cause. Use the #singFAST hashtag.  

Download and share mobile app There’s an app for that and at least one person is glad she had it!

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