World Stroke Day is observed on October 29th to highlight the high rates of stroke, raise awareness of the prevention and treatment of the condition, and ensure better care and support for survivors.
Stroke is the number 4 killer in the World and the number 1 cause of disability.
Did you know anyone can have a stroke?
- Stroke is decreasing in older adults but is sharply up for those under 55.
- Stroke hospitalization rates have nearly doubled for men 18-44 since 1995.
But there’s good news! Most strokes are preventable and treatable!
- Stroke is largely treatable – but you have to get help fast. If you spot F(ace drooping), A(rm weakness) or S(peach difficulty), it’s T(ime to call 911).
- Stroke prevention plans may include losing weight, monitoring blood pressure and becoming more active.
- Stroke patients treated with tPA (a clot-busting drug) within 90 minutes of first symptoms are almost 3 times more likely to recover with little or no disability.
On World Stroke Day, please help us spread the word by sharing this amazing video, sharing FAST messaging with your friends and family members, and by visiting StrokeAssociation.org/WorldStrokeDay to learn more!