In the past, doctors couldn't do much to help stroke victims. That's not true today.
Now stroke doesn't have to lead to disability or death. The key is to recognize a stroke and get to the hospital immediately. The clot-dissolving drug tPA (tissue plasminogen activator) can reduce long-term disability if it's given within three hours after an ischemic stroke starts. (Ischemic strokes are caused by clots and are by far the most common type of stroke.)



Exercise = Powerful Rewards

We've partnered with Earnd It, who's created a system that gives you rewards for your exercise with the hope of fostering a more active lifestyle in each of us.

It's simple: Go exercise. Get rewarded.
You earnd it.

The American Heart Association's mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. That single purpose drives all that we do. We know that physical activity has many health benefits such as weight management and helping to manage high blood pressure.

To help motivate you to get moving and increase your daily physical activity:

Family Tree History

UnitedHealthcare's Generations of Wellness initiative is a supporter of the Power To End Stroke campaign and is proud to bring you the Shape Your Family History Tree. Use this tool to help get to the root of your family's health for generations to come.

How to use the Family Tree History
The Family Tree History tool helps you learn more about your family's health history. First, create a new account or log in with a previously created account. Next, identify blood-related family members who have suffered a stroke, or lived with high blood pressure or other serious health conditions. Then, share this Family Tree History with your doctor, healthcare provider, or family members.


My Life Check

This self-assessment can help you determine your health needs and create an action plan.
Click here to see tool!

Know the F.A.S.T. warning signs of a stroke, and teach them to others.

F.A.S.T. IS:

Face Drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.

Arm Weakness: Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

Speech Difficulty: Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "the sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?

Time to call 911: If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.

Beyond F.A.S.T. - Other Symptoms You Should Know

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the leg
  • Sudden confusion or trouble understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause