Stroke Prevention Stroke Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Stroke is the 3rd leading cause of death in the United State1. Over 795,000 strokes occur annually in the United States, with an estimated cost of more than $73 billion1. The theme for this year’s World Stroke Day is "1 in 6:" 1 in 6 people worldwide will have a stroke in their lifetime; every 6 seconds, someone somewhere will die from stroke2.

This campaign not only stresses how prevalent stroke is but also highlights the fact that stroke can be prevented and that stroke survivors can recover and regain their quality of life with care and support.

The campaign is asking people to commit to 6 ways to reduce their likelihood of having a stroke.

Know one’s personal risk factors, including diagnosed high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol. By physically active and exercise regularly. Avoid obesity by eating a healthy diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Limit alcohol consumption. Avoid cigarette smoke. People who smoke should seek help to stop now. Learn to recognize the warning signs of a stroke and call 9-1-1 right away if someone is suspected of having a stroke.

CDC addresses stroke prevention through state-based programs to prevent heart disease and stroke, through the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry, and through many other partnerships.