World Stroke Day is October 29th

"I will not have a stroke."

Take a stand. Make small changes to improve your brain function and prevent stroke.

Strokes don’t discriminate. A stroke can affect anyone, at any age. About one in four people worldwide will have a stroke in his or her lifetime.

To prevent stroke, it’s vital to understand your risk factors. Some risk factors — such as age, race, gender and family history — are outside of your control. But you can control other risk factors.

Healthy habits can protect and improve your brain function — which can also lower your risk for stroke.

Here are some steps you can take that may help you prevent stroke:

  • Monitor your blood pressure.
  • Control your cholesterol.
  • Keep your blood sugar down.
  • Get active.
  • Eat better.
  • Lose weight if you need to.
  • Don’t smoke, period.
  • Take medications, such as aspirin, as prescribed.
* Aspirin is not appropriate for everyone, so be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen.

I have risk factors and I want to avoid stroke.

80 percent of first strokes may be *prevented.* You have the power.

I’m a stroke survivor and I want to prevent another stroke.

1 in 4 stroke patients have another one. Survivors have the power to reduce that risk by working with their doctor.

I’m a professional and I want to help my patients.

Empower your patients to reduce their stroke risk.

Stroke Prevention Activation Toolkit

Join others across the world seeking to prevent stroke. Download this kit with resources that can help you spread the word and reduce stroke risk in your community.

"I will act F.A.S.T."

Acting quickly may be the difference between recovery and disability. Use the letters F.A.S.T. to spot the signs of stroke and know when to call 9-1-1.

Face Drooping

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

Arm Weakness

Is one arm weak or numb? 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 the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.

Additional Signs of Stroke

With stroke, it’s crucial to act quickly, to increase chances of recovery. If someone shows any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, and loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause