May is National Stroke Awareness Month

May 1, 2012


Neurologist Olajide A. Williams, M.D., discusses stroke prevention, symptoms, and treatment.

Know the Facts

According to the American Heart Association:

  • Each year approximately 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke. Approximately 610,000 of these are first attacks, and 185,000 are recurrent attacks
  • Every 40 seconds (on average) someone in the United States has a stroke
  • Every 4 minutes (on average) someone dies of a stroke
  • Stroke caused roughly 1 of every 18 deaths in the United States in 2007
  • Stroke ranks No. 4 among all causes of death and is the leading cause of adult disability in the United States
  • Nearly 40% of patients admitted to the ED with possible stroke did not know a single sign or symptom
Signs of Stroke brochure from New York State

From NYS Dept. of Health

Know the Signs

Remembering what to do can save lives, use the FAST Checklist to recognize a stroke:

  • F is for FACIAL weakness: Can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped?
  • A is for ARM weakness: Can the person raise both arms?
  • S is for SPEECH problems: Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?
  • T is for TIME to call 911.
  • Every Minute Counts!

Know a Leader

NewYork-Presbyterian: Leaders in Stroke Care

  • Experience Matters. Stroke patients treated at high-volume centers have the best survival and recovery rates.
  • NewYork-Presbyterian treated over 1,400 stroke patients last year, more than double that of any other New York City hospital.
  • NewYork-Presbyterian has three comprehensive NYS/DOH Designated New York City Stroke Centers offering the the most advanced resources and multidisciplinary teams to minimize the immediate and secondary damage from a stroke and maximize the patient's chance for full recovery. Learn More

Learn More at These Events

hospital staff at the Stroke Out Stroke event at Yankee Stadium

NYP staff at the Strike Out Stroke event on April 29th at Yankee Stadium.

  • At Yankee Stadium: NewYork-Presbyterian has teamed up with the New York Yankees to raise awareness and Strike Out Stroke. There will be a pre-game ceremony, education and screenings at the game - Sunday, April 29th at 1:05pm - at Yankees Stadium
  • At NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia: The staff at NYP/Columbia have put together activities to learn about stroke warning signs and prevention. Brain Attack Awareness Day is on Thursday, June 14th from 9am - 3pm in the Wintergarden at NYP/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, 3959 Broadway (@ 165th Street, New York, NY).
    • Stroke Risk Appraisals and Screenings: Cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, BMI, 1:1 MD counseling - 9am - 12pm and 1pm - 3pm
    • Zumba - 10:15am
    • Hip Hop Stroke: Live Performance - Come sing, dance, and learn about the signs and symptoms of stroke - Noon - 1pm
    • Yoga - 1:30pm
  • At NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell: The staff at NYP/Weill Cornell are hosting events related to stroke throughout the month of May. Please see this PDF flyer for details.
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