Stroke

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of serious disability for adults.1,2 About 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year.2 Get more quick facts about stroke.

Stroke is preventable. You may be able to prevent stroke or lower your chances of having a stroke.

Stroke is treatable. Learn the signs of stroke, and call 9-1-1 right away if you think someone might be having a stroke. Getting fast treatment is important to preventing death and disability from stroke.

Face. Arms. Speech. Time to call 9-1-1.

Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke. Read these survivor stories to learn more about stroke, including how you may be at risk, how to recognize stroke, and what to do if stroke happens.

Read the survivor stories stories.

Spotlight on Stroke
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CDC Vital Signs: Everyone can take small steps to improve the heart health of the nation. Access new data and learn strategies for preventing heart attacks and strokes.

Featured Items
Million Hearts 2019 HTN Challenge

CDC Announces 2019 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control ChallengeExternal
The 2019 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge is now open to health professionals, practices, and health systems that show excellence in achieving hypertension control rates of at least 80 percent over a 12-month period. Share your success story and enter the Hypertension Control Challenge by April 1, 2019.

2018 Million Hearts HTN Champions

2018 Hypertension Control ChampionsExternal
Million Hearts® recognized 18 health care practices and community health centers as 2018 Champions for their efforts to achieve blood pressure control for at least 80% of their adult patients with hypertension. See all of the 2018 ChampionsExternal.

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Stroke Communications Kit
Health professionals can share these social media messages, graphics, and resources to educate their audiences about the importance of stroke prevention.

Two EMTs loading a patient into an ambulance.

Vital Signs: Preventing 1 Million Heart Attacks and Strokes
Heart disease and stroke are preventable, yet they remain leading causes of death, disability, and health care spending in the United States. Alarmingly, in 2016, more than 800,000 of these life-changing cardiovascular events happened to adults ages 35–64. The new CDC Vital Signs highlights how Million Hearts® is focusing national efforts on preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2022. Learn how health systems and communities can keep people healthy, optimize care, and improve outcomes for priority populations.

Stroke Survivors Stories

DHDSP Recognizes Stroke Survivors
In observance of National Stroke Awareness Month this May, the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) is spotlighting stroke survivors and the importance of stroke awareness. Visit our new Survivor Stories webpage to learn more about stroke and how it can happen to anyone, even fitness enthusiasts and new moms.

New Report on Prevention of Stroke

New Stroke Guidelines
The 2018 Guidelines for the Early Management of Patients With Acute Ischemic StrokeExternal was released by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association in February 2018. The Guidelines serve as a comprehensive resource for the management of patients with acute ischemic stroke, the most common type of stroke.

References
  1. Kochanek KD, Xu JQ, Murphy SL, Arias E. Mortality in the United States, 2013. NCHS Data Brief, No. 178. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services; 2014.
  2. Mozzafarian D, Benjamin EJ, Go AS, Arnett DK, Blaha MJ, Cushman M, et al., on behalf of the American Heart Association Statistics Committee and Stroke Statistics Subcommittee. Heart disease and stroke statistics—2016 update: a report from the American Heart Association. Circulation 2016;133(4):e38–360.