June 15, 2022

Senate Passes Resolution to Recognize May as Stroke Awareness Month

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution led by U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to recognize May as Stroke Awareness Month. The resolution encourages continued coordination and cooperation between the federal government, researchers, families, and the public to improve prognoses by increasing access to timely treatments for individuals who suffer strokes.

“When I experienced a minor stroke last month, at first I didn’t know what was wrong. But I did decide to call my doctor. I’m lucky I did – and because of quick action from the medical team at George Washington University Hospital, I received a timely diagnosis and care. We want to ensure that all Americans recognize when they should seek emergency care and ensure that they have access to the medical treatments they need. That’s why I am proud to join Senator Luján in this effort to increase stroke awareness and encourage strong cooperation at all levels of government and among health care providers to ensure effective treatment,” said Senator Van Hollen.

“As a stroke survivor, I know firsthand how critical it is to raise awareness of strokes and to know the signs of symptoms. Fortunately, I was one of the lucky ones and got medical care when symptoms first started to show, but for so many that isn’t the case. That’s why I am using my voice and personal experience to make sure New Mexicans and Americans understand the signs of stroke because it can be a matter of life or death, said Senator Luján. “I’m proud the Senate has taken a step to help raise awareness of strokes, and I will continue working to increase education and awareness so Americans can act fast to get treatment as quickly as possible.”  

“Having a stroke is a terrifying and life threatening medical emergency that impacts far too many Americans each year. Strokes are a leading cause of long term disability, and can greatly reduce mobility and quality of life for survivors. I’m proud to join Sen. Luján on this resolution to recognize May as Stroke Awareness Month. This resolution will increase public knowledge and education on strokes and their symptoms, and hopefully lead to lives saved,” said Senator Braun.

In the United States, nearly 795,000 people have a stroke each year, with someone suffering from a stroke every 40 seconds. Today, strokes are now the fifth leading cause of death, costing nearly $53 billion between 2017 and 2018, including the cost of healthcare services, medicines to treat stroke, and missed days of work. 

The full text of the resolution is available HERE.