World Stroke Day




Stroke knows no boundaries — every 2 seconds someone in the world has a stroke. Globally someone dies of this leading cause of disability every 5 seconds, ending 6.4 million lives each year.

October 29, 2015 marks the 10th annual World Stroke Day, established by the World Stroke Organization (WSO) to underscore the serious nature and high rates of stroke all over our planet, raise awareness of its prevention and treatment and ensure better care and support for survivors.

WSO was created in October 2006, when the International Stroke Society merged with the World Stroke Federation with the purpose of creating one world voice for stroke. Today, WSO has more than 2,000 individual members and over 60 society members, including the American Stroke Association, from 85 different countries.

Their goal — and ours — is to bring awareness of stroke warning signs to as many people as possible around the world. Along with the ASA, the WSO has adopted the acronym F.A.S.T. to make stroke warning signs easy to understand and widely known.

Last year, the WSO awarded the ASA first place among stroke organizations for our campaigns to educate Americans on the importance of recognizing the warning signs of stroke and taking action.

Our work is cut out for us — currently only 8 percent of respondents could recall the meaning of all four letters in the acronym, F.A.S.T. Knowing the warning signs increases the likelihood of getting treatment, and getting rapid access to treatment can make the difference between full or partial recovery and permanent disability.

Oftentimes survivors say they don’t need reminding about stroke warning signs because they’ve already had a stroke. However, a new study refutes that. In it, survivors who knew the warning signs and had received training on describing stroke symptoms to EMS workers, as well as having video presentations from survivors on preparedness, were much more likely to arrive at the ER within three hours of symptom onset. Clearly, everyone needs to know the warning signs.

The American Stroke Association is turning to music to help people remember the signs of stroke and the action to take. The F.A.S.T. Song turns the most common stroke warning signs into an earworm. Once you know the song, you will be ready to spot a stroke F.A.S.T. for yourself or someone you know.

This World Stroke Day (Oct 29), people of all ages and all cultures are invited to sing The F.A.S.T. Song in the musical styling of their choice and share it with friends.

Sing along with us to our hip-hop, gospel, Latin, or pop tracks, or write your own tune to the F.A.S.T. Song lyrics. Through music we will learn and teach the warning signs to end stroke.

Together, we can end stroke.

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Stroke Rehabilitation Two-Part Series

Making the Best Decisions at Discharge After Stroke

The type of rehabilitation and support systems a survivor receives at discharge can strongly influence health outcomes and recovery. In this, the first part of a two-part series on stroke rehab, we offer guidance for the decision-making process required when it’s time to leave the hospital.

What to Expect in Stroke Rehab

Following a stroke, about two-thirds of survivors receive some type rehabilitation. In this second of our two-art series, we want to alleviate some of the mystery, fear and anxiety around the inpatient rehab part of the stroke recovery journey.
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AHA-ASA Resources

The Support Network

When faced with challenges recovering from heart disease or stroke, it’s important to have emotional support. That is why we created a network to connect patients and loved ones with others during their journey.

Stroke Family Warmline

The Warmline connects stroke survivors and their families with an ASA team member who can provide support, helpful information or just a listening ear.

Let's Talk About Stroke Patient Information Sheets

Let's Talk About Stroke is a series of downloadable patient information sheets, created by the American Stroke Association, that presents information in a question-and-answer format that's brief, easy to follow and easy to read.

Request Free Stroke Information Packets

Fill out this online form to request free information about a variety of post-stroke topics.

Caregiver Guide to Stroke

The Caregiver Guide to Stroke is meant to help caregivers better navigate the recovery process and the financial and social implications of a stroke.

Tips for Daily Living Library

This volunteer-powered library gathers tips and ideas from stroke survivors, caregivers and healthcare professionals all over the country who’ve created or discovered adaptive and often innovative ways to get things done!

Stroke Support Group Finder

To find a group near you, simply enter your ZIP code and a mile radius. If your initial search does not pull up any groups, try
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Stroke & Parts of the Brain

When Stroke Affects the Temporal Lobe

The temporal lobe has several functions, mainly involved with memory, perception and language.

When Stroke Affects the Brain Stem

The brain stem serves as a bridge in the nervous system. It sits at the top of the spinal column in the center of the brain. When a stroke happens there, it can cause a few different deficits and, in the most severe cases, can lead to locked-in syndrome.

When Stroke Affects the Thalamus

The thalamus can be thought of as a "relay station," receiving signals from the brain’s outer regions (cerebral cortex), interpreting them, then sending them to other areas of the brain to complete their job.
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Departments

Stroke Notes

Stroke-related news you can use about new scientific findings, public policy, programs and resources.

Readers Room

Articles, poems and art submitted by stroke survivors and their loved ones.

Life Is Why

Everyone has a reason to live a longer, healthier life. These stroke survivors, caregivers and others share their 'whys'. We'd love for you to share yours, too!

Everyday Survival

Practical tips and advice for day-to day living after stroke.

Life At The Curb

A unique perspective on survival by comedian and stroke survivor John Kawie.

Simple Cooking

Cooking at home can be a daunting task, but a rewarding one for your diet and lifestyle (and your wallet). Making small changes in your diet is important to your heart health. Here are simple, healthy and affordable recipes and cooking tips.

Support Showcase

Our new department highlighting the good work being done by stroke support groups from around the nation. If you are part of a successful support group we should consider featuring, let us know!