October 29 is World Stroke Day

This Year's Focus

After decades of decline, progress in preventing stroke deaths in the United States has slowed. This is disturbing, because nearly 80% of strokes are preventable. How can we help reduce stroke deaths? Addressing risk factors like high blood pressure and improving the quality of stroke care can help prevent stroke in the community, nationwide, and around the world.

In honor of World Stroke Day on October 29, Million Hearts® is sharing resources, graphics, and social media messages to help raise awareness about the importance of preventing stroke. We invite you to share this information and these tools with your fans and followers, too.

Take Action

Follow Million Hearts® on Facebook and Twitter during World Stroke Day and beyond. Retweet and share our posts to raise awareness about stroke among your friends and followers.

Twitter Chat

Join stroke experts, professionals, patients, and others for a Twitter chat about stroke signs, symptoms, and treatment.

  • Topic: Stroke warning signs and treatment
  • Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Time: 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET
  • Hashtag: #StrokeTalk
  • Hosts and moderators: @American_Stroke and @MillionHeartsUS

Social Media

Share the graphics, sample messages, and resources provided below on your social media channels to join the fight against stroke.

Social Shareables

Visit our photo album and video album on Facebook for shareable social media graphics. Use these graphics on World Stroke Day and beyond.

Sample Social Messages


  • After decades of decline, progress in preventing stroke deaths in the U.S. has slowed. The good news? YOU have the power to make a difference. Get started today with new stroke data and prevention strategies for health systems, health professionals, and state health departments. #WorldStrokeDay http://bit.ly/2vUKTA4
  • Time lost is brain lost. 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. Remember these important stroke warning signs. #WorldStrokeDay http://bit.ly/2wnw8T5
  • Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in the U.S. and around the world—but it doesn't have to be. For #WorldStrokeDay, learn how you can treat and prevent stroke with tools from CDC [tag]. http://bit.ly/2opGv4g
  • Strokes are common. In fact, every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke. Health systems and health care professionals can help reduce stroke deaths by addressing risk factors and improving patient outcomes when stroke occurs. #WorldStrokeDay http://bit.ly/2vUKTA4
  • What happens in an ambulance during a stroke? More than you may think. EMTs work hard to make sure stroke patients get the care they need. Learn more. #WorldStrokeDay http://bit.ly/2foRA6v


  • Up to 80% of strokes are preventable. Prevent #stroke in your community with tools from @CDCgov. http://bit.ly/2vUKTA4 #WorldStrokeDay
  • Recognizing the signs and symptoms of a stroke F.A.S.T. can help save lives. Here's how. http://bit.ly/208s3wk #WorldStrokeDay
  • #Strokes can occur at ANY age. Addressing risk factors can help reduce stroke deaths. Learn more. http://bit.ly/2vUKTA4 #WorldStrokeDay
  • What's needed to prevent #stroke? Find new data & proven stroke prevention and treatment strategies. http://bit.ly/2vUKTA4 #WorldStrokeDay
  • Many people don't know what happens in the #ambulance during a #stroke. We break it down for you. http://bit.ly/2foRA6v #WorldStrokeDay


Can you spot the signs and symptoms of a stroke? Knowing how to identify a stroke and respond quickly could help save a life—maybe even your own. Put your stroke knowledge to the test with this quiz. http://bit.ly/2pw66gA

Additional Stroke Resources

Find shareable resources for patients and professionals from the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program, CDC, Million Hearts®, and our partners.


  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Preventing Stroke Deaths [online]. 2017. [cited 2017 Sep 26]. Available from URL: https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/stroke/index.html.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Preventing Stroke: Healthy Living [online]. 2017. [cited 2017 Sep 26]. Available from URL: https://www.cdc.gov/stroke/healthy_living.htm.


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