For Immediate Release
NATIONAL STROKE ASSOCIATION CALLS ON EVERY INDIVIDUAL TO SUPPORT NATIONAL STROKE AWARENESS MONTH BY GOING ONLINE
(Centennial, CO -- April 30, 2009) National Stroke Association is calling on every individual to go online to share information about stroke prevention and symptom recognition and to spread hope about stroke recovery during the month of May in honor of National Stroke Awareness Month.
Though stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability, costing the United States more than 62 billion annually, fewer than 1/3 of Americans can recognize more than one stroke symptom. More importantly, there have been life-saving treatments, such as the clot-buster drug t-PA, made available in recent years and fewer than 5% of stroke patients are receiving this care!
This year, National Stroke Association is utilizing several social media and other Web-based efforts to educate all Americans to STOP Stroke by reducing their risk of stroke through risk factor management, to Act F.A.S.T. to increase recognition of and response to stroke symptoms and to Spread HOPE about the lifelong journey of stroke recovery. Please visit www.stroke.org/SAM for more information.
National Stroke Association is adding a variety of progressive social media efforts to its cadre of National Stroke Awareness Month activities in an attempt to increase the impact of the annual campaign. These activities will include promotions on its Facebook page at www.stroke.org/facebook, Twitter updates at www.stroke.org/twitter and an educational e-mail campaign, which will feature stroke-related facts intended to dispel the numerous myths that still exist about stroke and recovery. To receive National Stroke Association e-mail alerts, click here.
National Stroke Association hopes that “going virtual” will help spread life-saving information to more people than ever before empowering individuals to prevent strokes, recognize and respond quickly to stroke symptoms and compassionately understand the realities of stroke recovery. Anyone who taps into the online resources will find it easy to share the featured information and spread hope to their family, friends and co-workers.
About National Stroke Association and National Stroke Awareness Month
Established in 1984, National Stroke Association is the only national organization in the U.S. that focuses 100 percent of its efforts on stroke. National Stroke Association achieves its mission to lower the incidence and impact of stroke by developing compelling community outreach programs, calling for continued improvement in the quality of stroke patient care, and educating both healthcare professionals and the general public about stroke.
In 1987, National Stroke Association received a presidential proclamation to observe National Stroke Awareness Month each May. The goal of this annual campaign is to raise public awareness about stroke in the hope of reducing the incidence and impact of stroke in America. May is also a time to honor the six million stroke survivors living in the United States who are on a challenging, but inspiring recovery journey.
Director of Programs Marketing and Communications