Did you know that stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability and the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, killing over 134,000 people nationwide?

Did you also know that stroke prevalence is projected to increase by 24.9% between 2010 and 2030 and the direct medical costs for treating stroke are expected to increase by 238%, from $28.3 billion in 2010 to $95.6 billion by 2030?

This is why we have so many noteworthy programs here at the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association to bring awareness and prevention to stroke. One such program is the Power To End Stroke initiative. This program is an education and awareness campaign that embraces and celebrates the culture, energy, creativity and lifestyles of Americans. It unites people to help make an impact on the high incidence of stroke within their communities.

Another program that was recently launched is the F.A.S.T. initiative. F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs and symptoms of a stroke. When you can spot the signs, you'll know quickly that you need to call 9-1-1 for help. This is important because the sooner a stroke victim gets to the hospital, the sooner they'll get treatment. And that can make a remarkable difference in their recovery. You can learn more about F.A.S.T. and get a F.AS.T. app for your phone by clicking here.