Tampa Bay Together to End Stroke F.A.S.T. Tour

Verizon, the local Together to End Stroke Cause Sponsor, teams up with the American Heart Association to prevent, beat and treat stroke and we want to recognize our local Stroke Heroes.

In February 2016, the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association host the first annual Stroke Heroes Awards Party, sponsored by Verizon. The Stroke Awards Party celebrates stroke dropping from the No. 4 to the No. 5 cause of death. We’ll award medical professionals, stroke survivors, caregivers and bystander “heroes” who have successfully called 9-1-1 by recognizing the warning signs of a stroke. Guests can enjoy music, a program and awards ceremony, and heart-healthy food.

To nominate someone for a Stroke Heroes Award, please send your story to TampaStrokeHeroes@heart.org by Friday, Jan. 1.

FASTThe American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and Verizon present the Together to End Stroke F.A.S.T. Tour! Throughout the next 10 months, the American Heart Association and Verizon will take giant F.A.S.T. letters around the Tampa Bay area to teach people the warning signs of a stroke. At each stop, community members will have a chance to sign the letters. By signing the letters, people are committing to acting F.A.S.T. if they recognize the warning signs of a stroke. 

F.A.S.T. stands for:
  • F - Face Drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb?
  • A - Arm Weakness: Is one arm weak or numb? 
  • S - Speech Difficulty: Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand?
  • T - Time to call 9-1-1: 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.
Download the F.A.S.T. app today!

  • Someone in the U.S. has a stroke every 40 seconds. Every four minutes, someone dies of stroke.
  • Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death in the United States, killing nearly 130,000 people a year. That’s 1 in every 20 deaths.
  • About 800,000 people in the United States have a stroke every year, with about three in four being first-time strokes.
  • African Americans have nearly twice the risk for a first-ever stroke than white people, and a much higher death rate from stroke.
Risk Factors
  • 80% of strokes can be prevented.
  • High blood pressure is the leading risk factor for stroke.
  • Atrial fibrillation, which causes the heart to beat irregularly or rapidly, raises stroke risk up to 5 times.
  • Current smokers have 2 to 4 times the stroke risk of nonsmokers or those who quit more than 10 years ago.
Stroke Warning Signs
  • Only 8 percent of Americans can identify each letter in the F.A.S.T. acronym for stroke.
  • Nationwide, only 3-5 percent of patients receive the clot-busting drug tPA and fewer than 1 percent receive endovascular therapy (a medical device).
  • Calling 911 at the first sign of stroke gives someone a greater chance of getting to an appropriate hospital quickly and being assessed for treatment options like a clot-busting drug and medical devices that may make a remarkable difference in recovery.
  • Sept. 21-25: Courtyard St. Petersburg Clearwater/Madeira Beach
  • Sept. 28-Oct. 2: Regions Bank
  • Oct. 5-9: LabCorp
  • Oct. 10: Polk County Heart Walk
  • Oct. 12-16: Quest Diagnostic
  • Oct. 19-23: WFLA News Ch. 8
  • Oct. 26-30: Mercury Insurance
  • Nov. 2-6: Kass Schuler
  • Nov. 9-13: AAA
  • Nov. 16-20: City of Tampa

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