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Stroke Warning Signs
Recognize the warning signs and call 9-1-1 immediately. This can make the difference between a strong recovery and disability or even death.
Whole body wellness can help you feel stronger, healthier and mentally sharp – and it can also reduce your stroke risk.
There is life – and hope – after stroke. With time, new routines will become second nature. Rehabilitation can build your strength, capability and confidence.
World Stroke Day is Oct. 29
Strokes don’t discriminate. 1 in 4 people worldwide will have a stroke, but up to 80% of first strokes may be prevented. By making small changes, you can reduce your risk and improve brain function.
I would like to learn ways to thrive after a heart attack or stroke.
You can prevent another heart attack or stroke.
You may not see the risk of another heart attack or ischemic stroke, but you can reduce the chances of having another one. Talk to your doctor about a prevention plan which may include medications, such as aspirin, and other small steps that may have a big impact.
I want to learn about managing my risk factors to prevent heart attack or stroke.
Spot your hidden risk.
Did you know if you’ve had a heart attack or ischemic stroke, you’re at risk of having a second one? Talk to your doctor about medications, including aspirin, and start lowering your risk now with small, daily habits to manage your high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes.
I would like to know, is aspirin right for me?
Aspirin may be just what the doctor ordered.
Aspirin has been in the news a lot lately, so here is what you need to know as a heart attack or ischemic stroke survivor. Whether you realize it or not, you’re at risk of having a second cardiovascular event. What can you do? Don’t start or stop medications until you talk with your doctor. Recommended medications such as aspirin, might be right for you. Your doctor can help you put together a prevention plan to help manage your risk and help prevent another one.
Don't Die of Doubt
When an emergency strikes, hospitals are still the safest place – even during a pandemic. Call 911 at the first sign of a heart attack or stroke.
National Family Caregivers Month
The stroke survivor’s family is often the most important source of long-term support during recovery and rehabilitation. But who takes care of the caregiver? In November, help us recognize those who give support, because caregivers deserve our appreciation too!
In the News
The latest in stroke and brain health newsRead more stroke related news
2019 Update to the 2018 Guidelines for the Early Management of Acute Ischemic Stroke
- This guideline update provides up-to-date comprehensive recommendations for the management and treatment of persons with acute arterial ischemic stroke.
- Audiences for this guideline are: prehospital care providers, physicians, nurses, allied health professionals and hospital administrators.
- This guideline updates the 2018 acute ischemic guideline and adds several new recommendations.
By learning the F.A.S.T. warning signs, you just might save a life from stroke.
Face DroopingAsk the person to smile. Is the person's smile uneven?
Arm WeaknessAsk the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
SpeechIs the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "The sky is blue."
Time to Call 9-1-1
Stroke Video Gallery
Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T. | Anyone can have a stroke and everyone should be prepared. It's a matter of knowing what to do, taking action and spreading the word. By learning and sharing the F.A.S.T. warning signs, you just might save a life from stroke.
Stroke Can Happen at any Age | Dr. Cortney Baker had a stroke at 37. Now, she has a message: Pay attention to your body and act F.A.S.T. if symptoms occur. Face drooping. Arm weakness. Speech difficulty. Time to call 9-1-1.
F.A.S.T. Song - Stroke Signs | Hip Hop Artist Dee-1 and Tha Hip Hop Doc Rani Whitfield, M.D., collaborated on a song for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for World Stroke Day 2015, to teach the warning signs of stroke.
Olympian Michael Johnson shares his stroke survivor journey.
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Events in Your Area
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- Greater Washington DC Heart Walk, Location: Online Event, Date: Friday, November 6, 2020 - 12:00 AM
- Greater Washington Region Heart Ball, Location: Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Date: Saturday, February 20, 2021 - 06:30 PM
- Heart's Delight Wine Tasting & Auction, Location: Various locations in DC, Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 05:00 PM
- American Heart Association Annual Golf Tournament, Location: Woodmont Country Club, Rockville, MD, Date: Monday, May 17, 2021 - 08:30 AM