American Stroke Association

When you think about heart disease, do you associate stroke with it? When I worked with the American Heart Association some years ago, we called strokes “brain attacks.” That’s essentially what a stroke is, a type of cardiovascular disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain.

Strokes account for 163,000 deaths per year. It’s the #3 killer behind heart disease and cancer. The American Stroke Association is the division of AHA that focuses on reducing disability and death from stroke through research, education, fund raising and advocacy. ASA offers a wide array of programs, products and services, from patient education materials to scientific statements.

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