Stroke Systems of Care
Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in the United States. There are life-saving treatments for stroke, but patients must receive them in a timely manner.
Some states use laws to organize local health services into stroke systems of care—networks that help stroke victims receive appropriate treatment faster from the ambulance to the hospital to rehabilitation.
This page provides information about the evidence behind these systems of care and where evidence-informed policies have been adopted by states across the country.
State laws that address the policy interventions with best evidence are expected to have the greatest potential for a positive health impact and an associated economic impact.
Those with promising or emerging evidence could also have positive impacts, but the quantity and quality of the evidence for public health impact is limited at this time.
State Law Fact Sheets describe the scientific evidence in support of legal interventions and describe the extent to which states have enacted such laws. Related policy analysis provides additional context and information.
- Best Practices Guide for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Programs
- Successful Business Strategies to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke Toolkit
- Moving into Action: Promoting Heart-Healthy and Stroke-Free Communities (Part of the Public Health Action Plan)
- Prevention Works: CDC Strategies for a Heart-Healthy and Stroke-Free America
These resources can help your audiences learn more about stroke. Share them with peers, advocates, educators, patients, and legislators.
- Social messages and graphics about stroke: Stroke Communications Kit
- Stroke survivor stories: The Many Faces of Stroke
- Printable and shareable resources: Stroke Patient Education Handouts
- CDC video about stroke: Recognize the Signs and Symptoms of Strokeexternal icon