May is National Stroke Awareness Month, an opportune time for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and nurse practitioners (NPs) to increase public awareness of stroke and its potential risk factors. The fourth highest cause of death in the United States, there are approximately 795,000 strokes each year, resulting in more serious long-term disabilities than any other disease.
What AANP is Doing
- Educating the public about stroke prevention, symptoms and the need to immediately seek urgent care –Listen to AANP President Dr. Cindy Cooke’s interview on Greater Boston Today, and read AANP’s press release
- Providing free continuing education for NPs in the AANP CE Center on topics related to stroke, cardiovascular disease, A-Fib and more
- Continuing to partner with Million Hearts®, a national initiative that is working to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017, and sharing helpful tools and resources on AANP’s Million Hearts page
What the Public Can Do
- Learning about stroke can prepare you to act in time to save a co-worker, friend or relative.
- Using the acronym F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the warning signs of a stroke, and it is recommended by the National Stroke Association.
- Making changes in your lifestyle can maximize health and help you prevent stroke.
- Stroke prevention resources from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
- Stroke prevention tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
What Nurse Practitioners Can Do
- Continuing education opportunities are free to AANP members through the AANP CE Center.
- Visiting the CDC’s stroke educational materials for health professionals page is a quick way to access the latest fact sheets, statistics and guidelines, as well as valuable training modules.
- Accessing the NINDS Publications page will provide an instant connection to educational tools and resources for you and your patients.