S.M.A.R.T.® Program Firing Up Again – To Begin A Wave Of Stroke Ed Across Socal Tomorrow

S.M.A.R.T.® (Students learning about stroke, Making healthy lifestyle choices, Aware of Risk factors, Teaching others stroke is 80% preventable), a K-12 primary stroke education program of the RTH Stroke Foundation is set to begin its fall teaching rounds across Orange and Los Angeles Counties tomorrow. S.M.A.R.T.® will be venturing into Laguna Hills High School, Anaheim High School, Downey High School, and Long Beach High School from October to December in an effort to deliver lifesaving information about stroke to scores of students and their parents. Already at over 700 students in two different high schools educated this year, S.M.A.R.T.® is set to double down this fall by exceeding that number, potentially offsetting a multitude of strokes from occurring through education and promoting of healthy lifestyles.  For more information on S.M.A.R.T.®, visit its page in the education tab of our website.

Holidays See An Increase In Stroke & Heart Attack

The holidays are a time of enjoyment and celebration for many, but there are some underlying dangers associated with the period from Thanksgiving to New Years in regards to heart-related illness. A 5% spike in strokes and heart attacks around the holidays has been reported by a 2004 study in the journal Circulation. The source of the spike was found to be attributed to overindulgence on food and alcohol as well as the added stress that some can experience during the holidays.

Overindulgence on holiday foods can flood the vascular system with loads of sodium, sugars, and fats that lead to an increase in emergency room visits around the holidays. Coupled with this, is the condition known as “Holiday Heart” which develops from excessive drinking and can cause the heart to fibrillate unnaturally for a brief period thus leading to an increase in heart attacks and ischemic, clot strokes.

Tips to avoid being apart of the 5% spike in stroke and heart attacks experienced around this time of year can be found in portioning your foods, limiting yourself to 1 alcoholic beverage for women and 2 for men at holiday events, and reducing stress by exercising and getting enough sleep.

We here at the Foundation wish everyone a great holiday season and ask our visitors to remain aware of the basic signs and symptoms of stroke since there is an increase this time of year:

  • Sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden, severe headaches with no known cause (for hemorrhagic stroke)

And when a stroke happens get BUSY.

  • B = Body: Ask the person to raise their arms. Does one drift down? Is one arm weak or numb?
  • U = Uneven: Check to see if the person’s face is uneven and slanted on one side.
  • S = Speech: Check their speech and ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Does it sound strange or slurred?
  • Y = Yes to any of these signs? Get BUSY and call 911, every minute counts with stroke!

Masquerade Gala Photos Live – RTH Stroke Foundation

Photos from this year’s Strikes Against Stroke event, entitled “Masquerade Gala” are now live! The event took place Saturday, September 24th at the Center Club in Costa Mesa. Special thanks to all attendees and everyone that came out to support our cause in eradicating stroke, we hope to see you at next year’s event!

World Stroke Day October 29th

Although the Foundation will be closed on the October 29th international World Stroke Day, we’d like to observe it in this post by thanking everyone in the stroke community for their continued efforts in combating this disease. Our hearts also go out to the many stroke survivors that must live daily with the debilitating after effects of stroke.

Since stroke is 80% preventable, through rigorous education and the implementation of days like World Stroke Day, we’ve seen stroke fall from the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States to the 5th – however there is still much that needs to be done as it remains the leading cause of disability in the United States. Beyond the United States, the World Health Organization found in 2012 that stroke was the 2nd leading cause of death worldwide.

We encourage our visitors to raise awareness of stroke by learning, posting on social media, or educating others about the F.A.S.T. method which is the easiest way to identify and act on stroke.


Face: Does one side of the face droop, is the face uneven?

Arm: Can the person lift both arms, can they walk and use both legs?

Speech: Is the person’s speech slurred, are the words unintelligible?

Time: Yes to any of the above symptoms? Call 911, every minute counts with stroke.

Risk factors you can’t control – RTH Stroke Foundation

Non-modifiable Risk Factors

Age: As one gets older, the risk of stroke increases. After the age of 55, the chances of stroke double every ten years. Approximately two-thirds of strokes occur in patients over the age of 65.

Gender: Stroke is 25% more prevalent in men than women, yet women are more likely to die from stroke.

Race: The rate of stroke differs among races, which is most likely associated to genetic factors. Social factors, such as lifestyle and environment are also believed to contribute to these differences. African-Americans, Hispanics and Asian/Pacific Islanders are all at greater risk for strokes than Caucasians.

Heredity/Genetics: Having a family history of cerebrovascular disease (e.g. stroke) appears to be a contributing factor to stroke. Although you do not have control over your genetics or family history, positive steps can be made to lower your risk of stroke.If you have already experienced a stroke or TIA, you are at a higher risk of having a stroke in the future. Be sure to consult with your primary care physician to best decrease your risk of having another or new stroke. =

Transient Ischemic Attacks or TIAs: TIAs are mini warning strokes that produce stroke-like symptoms, but with no lasting damage. If you have had one or more TIAs, the likelihood that you will have a stroke is tenfold greater than that of someone of your age and gender who has not.

Heart Attack: A heart attack is a strong indicator that you could have a stroke sometime in the future. Leading an intensely heart healthy lifestyle after your attack can improve the odds.

Recognizing Symptoms – RTH Stroke Foundation

Recognizing Symptoms

The first key to preventing stroke is to know the symptoms.

These include:

  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or 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
  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg – especially on one side of the body.

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Why Donate? – RTH Stroke Foundation

There has never been a more critical time than now to donate. In the United States alone, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability. However, unlike other diseases stroke is 80% preventable – which means that out of all the people we screen on any given day, if a hundred of them were directly at risk of stroke, 80 of them would likely never suffer the stroke if they made the appropriate lifestyle changes afterward. Any generous donation on your part directly contributes to the fight against stroke and helps to reduce its impact on our society at large, since stroke is so easily preventable through awareness and lifestyle changes. Please donate today and help us remove stroke from the list of top killers in the United States and across the world. Please see the statistics below to learn how we put donations to good use, or call us today to learn more about how your donations can help. (888) 794-9466

      • By the 4th quarter of 2015, the donations we received allowed us to give free life-saving screenings to over 3,605 people, some of which may have been in immediate danger of stroke.
      • The donations we receive fund our Foundation programs, allowing us to help stroke survivors through the Stroke Survivor Recovery Program. Through the S.M.A.R.T.® Program, your donations allowed us to bring primary stroke education to over 753 students in 2016 so far, potentially offsetting a multitude of strokes from occurring in the future.
      • Your donations allow us to run our website which receives over 20,000 visitors monthly from across the world who learn about stroke through our education pages and call for support.
      • Your donations also allow us to run our bi-weekly stroke support groups from several locations.
      • Consult your Tax Accountant to learn about what types of write-offs you may be eligible for after donating.

Thank You for your support,

Shadow of Stroke Campaign Unveils its First Video – A Must See – RTH Stroke Foundation

The Shadow of Stroke Campaign – a project of the RTH Stroke Foundation, unveiled its first official video this week. The video which clocks under 2 minutes, features a man torn between eating a pizza or salad for lunch, and tackles the Campaign’s goal of raising awareness on stroke risk factors in the aspect of unhealthy eating.  This is a must-watch and we recommend everyone share the video with at least 10 people. Raising awareness is the easiest way to combat stroke as it is 80% preventable, and the more people that watch this video will understand that some of their decisions can have an impact on their overall health. We hope this video will get people to become more conscious of their decisions.

RTH Stroke Foundation Holds 2 Seminars in LA

Yesterday, the RTH Stroke Foundation had two successful seminars. Starting off in Downey at the Rio Hondo Event Center, the Foundation educated attendees on stroke awareness and recovery. Attendees received Carotid Artery and Blood Pressure screenings. The Foundation would like to thank PIH Health and also Lillian Johnson who gave her testimony on how our carotid artery screenings saved her life!

Afterwards, the Foundation ventured to Long Beach Petroleum Club and educated attendees on Stroke and Sleep Apnea. Attendees received Cholesterol/Glucose and Blood Pressure screenings. Thank you to our Health Screening Sponsor: L.A. Care Health Plan


RTH Foundation Unveils Its Shadow of Stroke Campaign

Last week, the RTH Stroke Foundation unveiled its new ‘Shadow of Stroke Campaign’ which was created in an effort to spread vital awareness on stroke to the public. Many institutions and organizations have their own flyers and infographics circulating around the internet that spread stroke awareness and the Foundation felt that it was time to produce their own.

The mission of the RTH Stroke Foundation’s new campaign is to educate the public on the symptoms of stroke as well as the risk factors that increase an individual’s chance of having one. A secondary objective of the campaign is to create a novel characterization of stroke that people can associate the disease with. Instead of thinking of stroke as a single symptom or risk factor, the Foundation hopes to embody the disease in the character of a shadow that follows us in our daily lives in each and every decision we make. The shadow is symbolic of all the risk factors and symptoms as a whole.

The shadow of stroke takes the lives of 130,000 people in the United States each year, and the final aim of the campaign is to make the public understand that the shadow is 80% preventable and does not have to happen with appropriate exercise and thoughtful eating.

Currently, there are 3 infographics up on the Shadow of Stroke website to kick start the campaign, and more graphics as well as video content will be produced and added to the site in the coming months.

The RTH Stroke Foundation alone can not make this campaign successful however, it is from our great visitors, friends, and allies like you in the fight against stroke, that we need help from in spreading this information. The RTH Stroke Foundation encourages all of our visitors, friends, and more to download the infographics and share the message online or through print with everyone they know.

Together, we can make the Shadow of Stroke fade away forever.

Select here to go to the Shadow of Stroke website!