Stroke Awareness

In 2022, 25% of people arriving at our local hospital with stroke symptoms came in time to receive treatment. Our goal is to increase that to 40% by the end of 2023. Please join us in this effort!

  1. Stroke PSA
  2. Stroke Training
  3. Stroke Quiz

  1. Stroke 101
  2. Signs & Symptoms
  3. Who Has Strokes?
  4. What Can You Do?
  5. Stroke Prevention
  6. Stroke Smart Frederick County
  7. Resources & Materials

A stroke is an injury to the brain. To understand stroke, it helps to understand the brain.  The brain controls our movements, stores our memories, and is the source of our thoughts, emotions, and language. The brain also controls many functions of the body, like breathing and digestion. To work properly, your brain needs oxygen. 

When something happens to block the flow of oxygen to the brain, the brain cells are damaged. This causes a stroke. For example, if the blood flow is blocked in the area of the brain that controls language, then that person would have difficulty talking or understanding what is being said.

Some new treatments can reduce stroke damage if you get medical care soon after symptoms begin. When a stroke happens, it is important to recognize the symptoms, call 911 right away, and get to a hospital quickly so that treatment can help.

If you or someone you know experiences the symptoms of a stroke, call 911 immediately. Every minute counts. Remember, BE FAST, call 911!

Stroke BeFAST poster
AHORA Spanish stroke identifier