Identifying the signs of stroke and calling 911 can make a difference

Public awareness of signs and symptoms of stroke remains poor 1

  • Calling 911 within 1 hour of symptom onset is done in fewer than 50% of stroke cases
  • Fewer than 50% of callers knew they were calling about a stroke-related symptom
  • In spite of proven benefits of 911 and emergency medical services (EMS) use, a National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS) showed that only 53% of stroke patients used EMS

Create an effective stroke awareness campaign to empower effective action

  • Instruct prospective patients, families, and caregivers to seek treatment sooner
  • Continuous education about the signs and symptoms of stroke improves stroke recognition; repetition is required for a sustained impact 1

Access resources to help you spread awareness in your community:

  • Mass media
  • Community outreach
  • Public relations

According to the 2013 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) Guidelines, an effective community education campaign includes printed materials, audiovisual programs, and lectures, as well as television and billboard advertisements. 1

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Create an effective stroke awareness campaign in your community