National Stroke Awareness Month and National High Blood Pressure Education Month – 2016

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and a major cause of adult disability. Many factors may affect a person’s risk for stroke, including high blood pressure. The good news? Many strokes are preventable and treatable. Million Hearts® is dedicating May to taking action against stroke, and we invite you to do the same. Below are a few ways to get involved.

Join the Conversation

Follow Million Hearts® on Facebook and Twitter. Retweet and share your favorite #StrokeMonth posts.

Twitter Chats


Join the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), Million Hearts®, Kaiser Permanente, and CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta for a Twitter chat to learn about emerging research on the link between high blood pressure, stroke, and dementia.

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is the leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke, but nearly 46% of people with high blood pressure do not have it under control. Join our Twitter chat with the American Medical Group Association/Foundation to learn more about high blood pressure and ways to reduce your risk.


Raise awareness of stroke prevention and treatment among your family, friends, and followers with the click of a button. When you sign up for the National Stroke Awareness Month Thunderclap, a stroke awareness message will automatically be posted to your Facebook, Twitter, and/or Tumblr accounts at 12 p.m. ET on May 25, 2016. Sign up today to show your support.

Spread the Word

Share stroke awareness messages with your social media networks. Post these prewritten messages and graphics on your social accounts all month long.

Social Graphics

Click on each graphic to save it for sharing.

Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest


Sample Messages


  • Up to 80% of strokes can be prevented. Get tips from @MillionHeartsUS on how to lower stroke risk. #StrokeMonth
  • Every 40 seconds, someone in the US has a #stroke. Be prepared: Learn the signs & symptoms. #StrokeMonth
  • Know the facts about #stroke. Visit @MillionHeartsUS for info on #stroke, risk factors, & treatment. #StrokeMonth
  • #Stroke is preventable & treatable. This #StrokeMonth, help #patients reduce their risk.
  • #HighBloodPressure can increase stroke risk. Make #BloodPressure control your goal.


  • High blood pressure can increase your risk for stroke. This #StrokeMonth, make blood pressure control your goal with tips from Million Hearts [tag].
  • On average, one American dies from a stroke every 4 minutes. But there is good news: Up to 80% of strokes are preventable. Take action to lower your risk for stroke with these resources from Million Hearts [tag]. #StrokeMonth
  • Do you know the signs and symptoms of a stroke? F.A.S.T. treatment during a stroke can reduce the brain damage that stroke can cause. Knowing the common stroke warning signs and symptoms can help save someone’s life. #StrokeMonth


Tell your colleagues, friends, and family it’s National Stroke Awareness Month by adding this badge to your e-mail signature.

  1. Click on each image and copy the image to your local computer.
  2. Open the signature option in your email program.
  3. Copy and paste the image into your signature.
  4. Save and exit.

CDC Public Health Grand Rounds

On May 17, 2016, CDC hosted a Public Health Grand Rounds featuring presentations from experts on how stroke is preventable and treatable, how women are affected differently, and what is being done to bridge the gaps in stroke treatment. Watch the archived webcast.

Additional Resources

Find shareable resources for patients and professionals on the Million Hearts®, Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program, and other CDC websites.

Blood Pressure Control Resources:

Stroke Resources:


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