The statistics are chilling. A person in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds, with about 795,000 Americans having one every year. Stroke is the no. 4 cause of death in the United States and the no. 3 cause of death in women. It is quite clear that more awareness is needed about nation’s no. 1 preventable cause of disability.
On October 29th, the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association is participating with organizations across the country during World Stroke Day. World Stroke Day started in 2006 by the World Stroke Organization and the AHA/ASA takes this opportunity to educate Americans on stroke warning signs and why taking action immediately is crucial. We have made a lot of progress to make stroke stroke preventable, beatable, and treatable, but we have a long way to go.
Here are four, easy ways you can participate in World Stroke Day.
- Tell Congress to permanently remove caps on rehabilitative therapy for stroke survivors on Medicare.
- Take a pledge to end stroke in your community.
- Learn the warning signs of a stroke by downloading the F.A.S.T. app.
- Share the F.A.S.T. Infographic with friends and family.
Stroke affects too many Americans, but we can stop it. But only together. Learn more about World Stroke Day and see how else you can participate.