Stroke is a 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.

Spotlight on Stroke
Supporting stroke systems of care.

Health departments can use the Stroke Systems of Care Framework to explore key steps to establish statewide stroke systems of care in their states and adapt strategies used by the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program grantees.

Use the Framework’s list of resources to support or enhance your program’s stroke activities.

Featured Items
Congratulations 2020 Champions!

2020 Hypertension Control Championsexternal icon
Million Hearts® recognized 15 health care practices and systems as 2020 Champions for their efforts to achieve blood pressure control for at least 80% of their adult patients with hypertension.

Two EMTs loading a patient into an ambulance.

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 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 Survivor Stories webpage to learn more about stroke and how it can happen to anyone, even fitness enthusiasts and new moms.

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Multiple Cause of Death 1999–2019. CDC WONDER Online Database website. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2019. Accessed February 1, 2021.
  2. Virani SS, Alonso A, Aparicio HJ, Benjamin EJ, Bittencourt MS, Callaway CW, et al. Heart disease and stroke statistics—2021 update: a report from the American Heart Associationexternal icon. Circulation. 2021;143:e254–743.