National Stroke Association

National Stroke Association is an organization dedicated to raising stroke awareness. A statement from National Stroke Association explains, ’We are the only national organization in the U.S. that focuses 100 percent of our efforts on stroke by developing compelling education and programs focused on prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and support for all impacted by stroke.’ Founded in 1984, the organization works every day to meet its mission to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke.

About National Stroke Association

Learn more about what National Stroke Association does to help prevent stroke, raise stroke awareness and provide education for the public and resources for stroke survivors.

What is National Stroke Association’s Mission?

National Stroke Association offers stroke survivors hope after a stroke so that they can begin their journey to recovery and come back strong.

In 1987, National Stroke Association received the first Presidential Proclamation declaring May as National Stroke Awareness Month.  For the past 28 years, the organization has used May as a platform to educate the public about the devastating disease, its warning signs, and the associated risk factors.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently moved stroke to the fifth leading cause of death, down from fourth.  Increased awareness of the warning signs, new treatment options, and better stroke education are all contributing factors to the decrease in stroke morbidity.


One particularly interesting fact about National Stroke Association is that the CEO is, in fact, a stroke survivor himself. “In 2011, I had a stroke after a long flight,” explains Matt Lopez, CEO of National Stroke Association. “Fortunately, the paramedics knew how to identify the signs of stroke and I got immediate treatment that saved my life.

Today, it’s part of my life mission to drive awareness for stroke prevention.”  National Stroke Association reports that an astounding 80 percent of strokes can be prevented before they happen.

Awareness is the first step in prevention. Most people don’t normally think about stroke risk factors or about stroke prevention. But millions of Americans are stroke survivors, some living with mild handicaps and some with severe disabilities. Stroke prevention is possible, and it is the key to a longer, healthier life.

Some New and Interesting Facts About Stroke Awareness

Concerns About Brain Damage

In April 2015, Harris International surveyed more than 2,000 Americans asking, “Of the following health issues, which one would you most fear happening to you?”  A full 66 percent of respondents reported they fear brain damage the most among brain, heart and lung damage, yet few take the necessary steps to prevent a stroke.

The fear of brain damage, surprisingly, was greatest among students.

Did You Know That a Stroke Affects the Brain?

If you didn’t already know that– don’t worry- you are not alone. Stroke is a commonly misunderstood illness.

While 77 percent of students who participated in the survey said they feared brain damage the most, 34 percent of men age 18-34 were unaware that the part of the body affected by stroke was the brain.

How to get involved for National Stroke Awareness Month?

National Stroke Association challenges America to make a positive choice today by taking one small step to reduce the risk of a stroke happening to you.

One of the first steps to prevention is identifying if you have any controllable and uncontrollable stroke risk factors and beginning to manage them. 

Small steps make a difference.

Step it up for Stroke

National Stroke Association has started a stroke campaign called Step it Up for Stroke.

You can Step it up for Stroke in any one of the Following Ways:

  • Donate to National Stroke Association
  • Visit the Make Your Choice Website today to learn more about how you can choose to reduce your chances of having a stroke.

Stroke survivors, families of stroke survivors and anyone who wants to learn more about National Stroke Association and how you can get involved should visit National Stroke Association website here.

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