National Stroke Awareness Month 2018: Stroke Can Happen to Anyone at Any Time

This Year’s Focus

2018 Stroke Awareness Month infocard.New data show that after decades of decline, progress in preventing stroke deaths has slowed.1 And in many cases, the prevalence of stroke risk factors is increasing among younger and middle-aged adults. This is disturbing, because about 80% of strokes are preventable.

During National Stroke Awareness Month, CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention will focus on increasing awareness among adults ages 35 to 64 of stroke risk factors, signs, and symptoms. Stroke survivor stories will highlight important messages and inspire action. Help us spread the word by sharing the messages and resources below.

Key Messages

Use these key messages in original social media posts and other communication materials:

  • Stroke can happen to anyone at any time. Stroke is not just an older person’s disease. Risk factors for stroke such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, and diabetes are happening at younger ages. Risk factors may not be recognized and treated in younger or middle-aged adults. There are steps you can take at any age to lower your risk for stroke.
  • Know your risks. There are many risk factors that can contribute to stroke. Understanding your risk can help lower your chances of having a stroke. Practicing healthy lifestyle habits and working with health professionals are critical to improving and maintaining your health.
  • Know the signs. Stroke can look different for everyone. Numbness, confusion, trouble seeing, and trouble walking are just a few indicators that you or someone you know may be having a stroke. Knowing the common stroke warning signs and symptoms can help save someone’s life—maybe even your own.
  • Act F.A.S.T. Every minute counts when you or someone you know is having a stroke; that’s why it’s important to act F.A.S.T. and call 9-1-1 right away. Call an ambulance so that medical personnel can begin lifesaving treatment on the way to the emergency room.

Survivor Stories

Share these survivor stories to educate audiences about stroke.

In 2016, Brooke had a stroke just one week after giving birth. As a young woman, she didn’t realize the risk of stroke during and after childbirth. Today Brooke works to educate women about stroke and how to protect their health.

A fitness enthusiast, Adrian had a stroke at age 49 while driving to work. A police officer arrived on the scene and called 9-1-1. Adrian was fit and healthy, but he didn’t realize that, like many black men, he was at a higher risk of stroke. He was successfully treated at Emory Hospital in Atlanta and is once again living an active life.

Social Media Promotion

Follow DHDSP on Twitter and Million Hearts® on Facebook and share our #StrokeMonth posts. You can also share the social media posts below on Facebook, Twitter, and other social platforms.

Drop-in Messages


  • You may think you’re too young to have a stroke—but stroke can happen to anyone at any time. This #StrokeMonth, take action to lower your risk.
  • 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 see these stroke warning signs and symptoms. #StrokeMonth
  • Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in the U.S.—but it doesn’t have to be. For #StrokeMonth, learn how you can treat and prevent stroke with tools from CDC [tag].


  • #Stroke can happen to anyone at any time. Learn about your risk and ways to control it. #StrokeMonth
  • 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 see these stroke warning signs and symptoms. #StrokeMonth


Check out our library of shareable graphics and animations on Facebook.

A stroke can happen at any age.
What happens in the ambulance during stroke?


Can you spot the signs and symptoms of a stroke? Knowing how to spot a stroke and respond quickly could potentially save a life—maybe even your own. Take the quiz and put your stroke knowledge to the test.

Twitter Chat

Join the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (@NINDSnews) and other professionals for a Twitter chat to explore stroke signs and symptoms.

  • Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2018
  • Time: 1:00–2:00 p.m. ET
  • Hashtag: #BrainForLife

Stroke Education Resources

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