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National Stroke Association
National Stroke Association
May 2013

May Is National Stroke
Awareness Month

May is National Stroke Awareness Month

More than two-thirds of the U.S. population cannot recognize more than one stroke warning sign. Do your friends and family know the signs?

It’s estimated that stroke will have a greater impact in the coming years. Be aware and share life-saving information about stroke—tap into the Stroke Awareness Resource Center’s EKit for e-cards, fact sheets, web graphics, social media posts, paycheck and bag stuffers, and more.

New this year! Some of our resources are now available in Spanish!

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Meet Your Match

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This year, join National Stroke Association in acting FAST this May and our generous sponsors will match your donations up to $30,000 through June 15!

National Stroke Association arms healthcare professionals around the country with the latest stroke education so they can:

  • Increase their recognition of the signs and symptoms of a stroke
  • Treat stroke patients more quickly
  • Increase rehabilitative support for stroke survivors

Act FAST today and raise awareness and funds to fight stroke. Learn more.

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3 Lives Touched by
Stroke Awareness

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This May, you’ll be inspired by three stroke survivors whose lives might be tragically different today if it wasn’t for awareness of the warning signs of a stroke, followed by prompt care and treatment.

One of them, Dan Hetrick, went from aspiring marathon runner to stroke survivor in a matter of minutes.

Read how he survived, thanks to some people who recognized the signs.
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Access to Some Medicare
Services Expanded

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Has Medicare denied you coverage for skilled nursing or therapy services? Thanks to a recent federal court ruling, coverage for these services will no longer be denied, even if improvement has plateaued.

This change is effective immediately and applies to outpatient physical,occupational and speech therapy in outpatient, home health and nursing home settings.

Talk to your healthcare provider about whether this change can help you. Read more.

Get special text messages in May

Get the Message

Sign up to receive special text messages and “experience” the signs of a stroke through your phone in May.

Experience EMS4Stroke

Learn more about this FREE educational program on stroke that offers tools and resources for EMS providers and trainers.

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Corporate Alliance Board Members

Chairman level
Allergan, Inc. • Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Genentech, Inc.

Executive level
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company/Pfizer Inc. Partnership 
 Medtronic, Inc.  

Director level
Acorda Therapeutics
Allsup, Inc.Avanir Pharmaceuticals
Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. LundbeckPatterson Medical 

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