American Heart Association/American Stroke Association 20th Anniversary Report Infographic


American Stroke Association 20th Anniversary Progress Infographic

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20 years of progress. The American Stroke Association was formed in 1998 to make innovative stroke treatment more available, boost prevention and improve recovery. Since then, great strides have been made against stroke. While we celebrate the triumphs behind us, we recognize the challenges still ahead.

Saving lives - Stroke mortality rates have fallen (down 39.4% from 1999 to 2016).

Clot-busting - The percentage of eligible patients receiving the clot-busting drug within 60 minutes has nearly doubled.

Spotting strokes - Awareness of the F.A.S.T. acronym for spotting stroke and calling 9-1-1 almost doubled since 2012.1

Guidelines - Our 9 major stroke guideline releases provide the latest evidence-based treatment recommendations to health professionals.

Hospitals - Our Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke program, launched in 2003 with 24 hospitals, is helping 2,000+ hospitals promote guidelines-based care.

Access - The number of hospitals providing surgical clot removal doubled from 2003 to 2012.2

Awareness - Together To End Stroke® public service and media messages have amassed 12 billion+ impressions since 2013.

High blood pressure - High blood pressure awareness, treatment and control rates all rose between 1999 and 2012.

Research - We've granted nearly 2,400 stroke-related research awards (worth a total of $366.4 million) since 1998.

1. The study, commissioned by the Ad Council and conducted by Ipsos, Public A¬airs, surveyed approximately 22,155 respondents between October 27, 2014 and September 30, 2017.

2. Menon, B. K., Saver, J. L., Goyal, M., Nogueira, R., Prabhakaran, S., Liang, L. et al. (2015). Trends in endovascular therapy and clinical outcomes within the nationwide Get With The Guidelines-Stroke registry. Stroke, 46(4), 989-995.

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