American Stroke Association
Getting to the Heart of Stroke™
A national initiative from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, developed in conjunction with and supported by HCA Healthcare and the HCA Healthcare Foundation, aimed at improving heart health and beating stroke.
Stroke is the No. 5 leading cause of death and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the U.S., despite stroke being largely preventable, treatable and beatable.
Getting to the Heart of Stroke focuses on:
- increasing collaboration between cardiology and neurology through identifying and disseminating quality improvement best practices;
- educating health care professionals about the latest clinical guidelines and science;
- empowering consumers to know and better manage their risk factors; and
- improving community awareness that stroke is largely preventable, treatable and beatable.
Managing My AFib
Work with your health care professional to help better manage your AFib and to reduce your risk for stroke. You might need further evaluation.
AFib affects millions of Americans — both patients and the loved ones who care for them. Connect online with others who know what you’re going through and get the support you need.
Preventing Another Stroke
About 1 in 4 strokes occur in people who have had a previous stroke. Yet up to 80% of strokes may be prevented with medication and healthy habits. Take small steps today to defeat stroke.
Be prepared. Learn and share the F.A.S.T. warning signs.
Hover—or click if you’re on your mobile—on the F.A.S.T. tiles.
Read Laura’s story
Survivor Story: Laura Sammons
What started for Laura Sammons and her family in 2017 as a routine weekend drive in the Houston area took a treacherous turn. As she approached an intersection with a stoplight, she blanked out and had no idea how to drive.
Sammons was having a stroke. A year and a half before this, she had experienced a transient ischemic attack, or TIA,— also known as a “warning stroke.”
Get started with webinars and podcasts aimed at increasing collaboration between cardiology and neurology, educating health care professionals, and addressing disparities in stroke risk factor diagnosis and treatment.