Stroke Communications Kit
When it comes to stroke, every minute counts.
Acting F.A.S.T. (Face. Arms. Speech. Time.) can help stroke patients get the treatment they need to survive and reduce damage to the brain.
With the support of health professionals like you, the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) is better able to educate the public about stroke.
This communications kit can help your audiences understand the basics of stroke, including signs and symptoms, the importance of a F.A.S.T. response during a stroke, and treatment.
Help DHDSP spread awareness by sharing these messages and resources on your social media pages.
- Time lost is brain lost. Every minute counts when you or someone you know is having a stroke. Act F.A.S.T. and call 9-1-1 right away if you spot signs of stroke. http://bit.ly/2mYG0xaexternal icon
- Stroke is a leading cause of death and serious disability nationwide and around the world—but it doesn’t have to be. Learn how you can prevent and treat stroke with tools from CDC [tag]. http://bit.ly/2oJOwleexternal icon
- Do you know the signs and symptoms of stroke? F.A.S.T. is an easy acronym to help you remember them—and perhaps save a life. https://bit.ly/2nwcsZUexternal icon
- From the first symptoms of stroke to recovery at home, here’s how the CDC [tag] Coverdell Program connects health care professionals across the system of care to save lives and improve care. http://bit.ly/2ovTdlhexternal icon
- A stroke can happen at any age, at any time—just ask these 10 survivors. Read their stories about how stroke changed their lives. http://bit.ly/2HVJJejexternal icon
- Not all women are equally affected by stroke; African American women are more likely to have a stroke than any other race or ethnic group of women in the U.S. Try these 4 lifestyle changes to lower your risk. https://bit.ly/2Yl30JMexternal icon
- After decades of declining rates of stroke deaths, progress in preventing stroke deaths in the U.S. has slowed. The good news? YOU have the power to make a difference. Explore stroke data and prevention strategies for health systems, health professionals, and state health departments. http://bit.ly/2vUKTA4external icon
- Recognizing the signs and symptoms of a #stroke F.A.S.T. can help save lives. Here’s how. http://bit.ly/208s3wkexternal icon
- Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a #stroke. Learn how you can prevent a stroke or lower your risk of having one with tips from @CDCHeart_Stroke. http://bit.ly/2hSXBY9external icon
- Learn how the @CDCHeart_Stroke Coverdell Program works to improve access and care for #stroke patients nationwide. http://bit.ly/2ovTdlhexternal icon
- A #stroke can happen at any age, at any time—just ask these 10 stroke survivors. Read their stories on @CDCHeart_Stroke. http://bit.ly/2HVJJejexternal icon
- Not all #women are equally affected by #stroke; #AfricanAmerican women are more likely to have a stroke than any other race or ethnic group of women in the U.S. Try these 4 lifestyle changes to lower your risk. https://bit.ly/2Yl30JMexternal icon
- Up to 80% of strokes are preventable. Reduce #stroke deaths in your community with prevention and treatment strategies from @CDCHeart_Stroke. http://bit.ly/2vUKTA4external icon
Published October 26, 2015
When someone is having a stroke, every minute counts. Just as putting out a fire quickly can stop it from spreading, treating a stroke quickly can reduce damage to the brain. If you learn how to recognize the telltale signs of a stroke, you can act quickly and save a life—maybe even your own.
Published October 27, 2015
Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke. One of those people was Prince Quire, who is African American. At only 39 years old, he was younger than the typical stroke patient, but EMTs know that a stroke can happen at any age. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death for all Americans, including African Americans, but African Americans are twice as likely to have a stroke as whites are.
For Health Professionals
Published April 26, 2016
As the lead neurologist for the Coverdell Stroke Program in Georgia, Dr. Michael Frankel engages hospitals to participate in Georgia’s stroke registry. Participating hospitals better connect the continuum of care so that physicians have more information to make the right decisions every time. The data show that stroke death rates are lower in the communities served by hospitals that embrace practices supported by Coverdell.
Published October 27, 2015
The Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program, implemented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tracks and measures acute stroke care in order to improve the quality of care, from first contact with emergency medical services to the hospital and after the patient returns home from the hospital. The program works to improve stroke care nationwide and reduce stroke complications and deaths, particularly among those with the highest burden.
Can You Spot the Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke?external icon
Share this quiz to test whether your audiences can recognize stroke signs and symptoms.
- Know the Facts About Stroke
Help your audiences learn the risks, signs and symptoms, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of stroke.
- Men and Stroke
Share what puts men at risk for stroke and what steps they can take to prevent stroke.
- Women and Stroke
Women have unique risk factors for stroke. Here is what they can do to reduce their risk.
- Stroke Survivor Stories
Read these survivor stories to learn how you may be at risk for stroke and what to do if stroke happens.
- Pregnancy and Stroke: Are You at Risk?
This CDC Features article discusses the connection between pregnancy and stroke and what you can do to keep yourself and your baby healthy.
- One is Enough: I Will Prevent Another Stroke or Heart Attackexternal icon
Check out these American Stroke Association resources on ways to prevent another stroke.
For Health Professionals
- Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program (PCNASP)
Learn how the PCNASP helps CDC provide funding and support to state health departments to track and measure acute stroke care and improve the quality of care.
- Stroke Maps and Data
Find state-level data and maps to localize your media work.
- Stroke Systems of Care: Policy Evidence Assessment Reports (PEARs)
These PEARs assess the best available evidence for seven different policy interventions to improve pre-hospital stroke care.
- Hypertension Communications Kit
Use these shareable messages and graphics to help your audiences understand what hypertension is and why managing blood pressure is important for reducing the risk of stroke.