American Stroke Month

"I will not have another stroke."

That small sentence is a powerful declaration. A promise of change. A focus on prevention. I will make changes to my daily life that help prevent stroke. I will help my family make changes that prevent stroke.

Stroke Risk Factors

Stroke is preventable, treatable and beatable. Up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented by not smoking, making healthy food choices, getting enough physical activity, maintaining healthy weight and treating conditions such as high blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure.

High blood pressure is the single most important risk factor for stroke because it’s the leading cause of stroke. Normal blood pressure is below 120/80. If you’ve been told you have high blood pressure, work with your doctor to reduce it.

Irregular heartbeat—known as atrial fibrillation or AFib—causes your heart’s upper chambers to quiver, rather than beating in an organized, rhythmic way, and this increases your risk of stroke by five times. The fluttering in your heart may cause blood to pool and clot, and those clots can travel to your brain. Managing AFib is key to reducing your stroke risk.

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Having diabetes more than doubles your risk of stroke. Every two minutes, an adult with diabetes in the U.S. is hospitalized for stroke. Work with your doctor to manage your diabetes and reduce your risk.

High cholesterol increases the risk of blocked arteries. If an artery leading to the brain becomes blocked or throws a clot, a stroke can occur. If you have high blood cholesterol, work with your doctor to get it under control.

Smoking damages blood vessels, leading to blockages and stroke. Don’t smoke and avoid second-hand smoke.

Stroke Survivor Testimonials 

Preventing Another Stroke

Don’t let stroke strike twice. About one in every four survivors will have another stroke. Together to End Stroke®, an American Heart Association/American Stroke Association initiative, nationally sponsored by Bayer®, educates stroke survivors and caregivers about avoiding another stroke. The best way to reduce your risk is by working with your doctor to develop a secondary prevention plan—and following through on it.

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Up to 80 percent of second clot-related strokes may be preventable.* Following your doctor’s direction and pharmacist’s guidance after a stroke is crucial to reducing your risk for another stroke.

* A combination of dietary modification, exercise, a statin, an antihypertensive agent and aspirin could result in a cumulative risk reduction of another ischemic stroke by 80 percent.

8 Ways to Prevent a Secondary Stroke

  1. Monitor your blood pressure.
  2. Control your cholesterol.
  3. Keep your blood sugar down.
  4. Get active.
  5. Eat better.
  6. Lose weight if you need to.
  7. Don’t smoke, period.
  8. Talk to your doctor about aspirin* or other medications.

*Aspirin is not appropriate for everyone, so be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen.


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How will you Prevent Another Stroke

Preventing stroke can be life-changing. But the steps you take to prevent stroke don't have to be. They can be small, easy changes you start right now.

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5 Steps to Stop Smoking

So you’ve decided to quit smoking. Great! It’s one of the best things you can do to improve your health and add years to your life. It’s not easy — but you can do it. 

I Will Act F.A.S.T.

Knowing the common stroke warning signs and what to do in a stroke emergency can be the difference between recovery and disability. Use the letters in F.A.S.T. to spot a stroke and know when to call for help:

Face Drooping

Ask the person to smile. Is the person's smile uneven?

Arm Weakness

Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?


Is 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

If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital immediately. 

Check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared.

Stroke Month Resources

Get the Facts. Share the Facts

Patients and Consumers

May is American Stroke Month. We invite you to use these resources to learn more about preventing, beating and treating stroke in your community.

Healthcare Professionals    

Use these resources during American Stroke Month to help your patients learn more about preventing, beating and treating stroke.


Bayer® Aspirin is a Proud Sponsor of Together to End Stroke® Bayer Aspirin logo