National Stroke Awareness Month and National High Blood Pressure Education Month—2017

This Year’s Focus

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, age, family health history, and more. The good news? Many strokes are preventable and treatable.

Throughout May, Million Hearts® and the CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention will share tips and resources to empower Americans to manage risk factors—like high blood pressure—that contribute to stroke and encourage people to learn the signs and symptoms of stroke. We invite you to join our efforts.

Take Action

Follow Million Hearts® on Facebook and Twitter throughout May and beyond. Retweet and share our posts to raise awareness about stroke and high blood pressure among your friends and followers.

Key Messages

Use these key messages in original social media posts and other communication materials to help spread the word about National Stroke Awareness Month and National High Blood Pressure Education Month:

  • Learn the risks. There are many risk factors that can contribute to stroke. High blood pressure is one of the leading risk factors for stroke. The good news? There are ways to manage high blood pressure to lower your stroke risk. Start by talking with your health care professional about ways to make control your goal [PDF-140K].
  • 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 if you think someone might be having a stroke. Call an ambulance so that medical personnel can begin life-saving treatment on the way to the emergency room.  
  • Know your role. There are many different health care professionals and facilities that can help treat a stroke, such as EMS, hospitals, and rehabilitation facilities. Understand the unique roles throughout the care process and why they matter.
  • Connect your care. CDC’s Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program connects health care professionals—across the system of care—to improve stroke care and save lives. Connecting the different health care team members throughout the stroke continuum of care can lead to faster treatment and better outcomes.  

Social Media

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Sample Messages

Share the social media posts below on Facebook, Twitter, and other social platforms. 

Facebook

  • 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]. http://1.usa.gov/1Hwea3C
  • 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 http://1.usa.gov/1TAlaSg
  • 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. Put your stroke knowledge to the test with this quiz. #StrokeMonth http://bit.ly/2pw66gA
  • Time lost is brain lost; every minute counts! If you or someone you know shows symptoms of a stroke, call 9-1-1 right away. #StrokeMonth http://bit.ly/208s3wk
  • 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. #StrokeMonth. http://bit.ly/2nLzZIl
  • High blood pressure can increase your risk for stroke. This #StrokeMonth, make blood pressure control your goal with tips from Million Hearts [tag]. http://1.usa.gov/200abmm

Twitter/Instagram

  • Up to 80% of strokes can be prevented. Get tips from @MillionHeartsUS on how to lower stroke risk. http://1.usa.gov/1TAlaSg #StrokeMonth
  • Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a #stroke. Be prepared: Learn the signs & symptoms. http://bit.ly/208s3wk #StrokeMonth
  • Can you spot the signs and symptoms of a stroke? Test your knowledge with this quiz: http://bit.ly/2pw66gA #StrokeMonth
  • Time lost is brain lost. If you or someone you know shows signs of a stroke, call 9-1-1 right away. http://bit.ly/208s3wk #StrokeMonth
  • Find out how the @CDCgov Coverdell Program works to improve access and care for #stroke patients. http://bit.ly/1LAR2ka #StrokeMonth
  • #HighBloodPressure can increase stroke risk. Make blood pressure control your goal with these tips. http://1.usa.gov/200abmm #StrokeMonth

e-Signature

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

  1. Copy the image to your local computer.
  2. Open the signature option in your e-mail program.
  3. Copy and paste the image into your signature.
  4. Save and exit.

Quiz

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. http://bit.ly/2pw66gA

Additional Resources

Educate patients and professionals with resources from Million Hearts®, the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program, and the CDC website, as well as resources from our partners.

Stroke Resources:

Blood Pressure Control Resources:

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