May is American Stroke Month

Together to End Stroke

April 12, 2017

May is American Stroke Month and National High Blood Pressure Education Month

Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It is the  No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States. Let’s End Stroke Together! Together is more than a word, it’s a rallying cry; a call to action to join with fellow warriors -- family, friends, neighbors and healthcare professionals -- to do something as a group that can’t be done alone.

 Did you know...


brain image  Someone has a stroke every 40 seconds in the U.S.  
      -Each year, about as many Americans have a stroke as a heart attack.

      -Stroke caused more than 133,000 deaths in 2014.


clot in the brain   Stroke is largely treatable and most strokes are preventable.

     -The faster you are treated, the more likely you are to recover.

    -Stroke patients who receive the clot-busting drug alteplase (IV r-tPA) within 90 minutes of symptom onset are almost 3 times more likely to recover with little or no disability.

-91 percent of stroke patients who were treated with a stent retriever within 2.5 hours of symptom onset recovered with little or no disability.

FAST infographic 2016

F.A.S.T. infographic with stroke warning signs: Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to call 9-1-1. copyright American Heart Association

Blood Pressure Check (2)

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High blood pressure


High blood pressure is the most important controllable risk factor for stroke, and it's National High Blood Pressure Education Month.

  • One in three American adults has high blood pressure.
  • About three in four people who have a first stroke, have blood pressure greater than 140/90 mm Hg.

As part of #CheckIt, the American Heart Association (AHA) wants people to check their blood pressure by May 17, World Hypertension Day, which is part of National High Blood Pressure Education Month. According to the AHA, high blood pressure is usually preventable with simple steps, yet it kills more people worldwide than any other condition.

We encourage you to:

Log your action and learn about high blood pressure.


High blood pressure has a domino effect on your health, leading to stroke, heart attack and heart failure. Check your blood pressure, before it checks you:

Important Dates in May

5/1-31 – American Stroke Month                     


     5/4-6 – ATVB | PVD Scientific Sessions 2017          



5/6-12 – National Nurses Week           

5/14 – Mother’s Day                                                                                    

5/17 – World Hypertension Day

5/21-27– National EMS Week

5/29 – Memorial Day

5/31 – World No Tobacco Day