Health Professionals

Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability and the third leading cause of death. Annually, approximately 795,000 Americans suffer a Stroke. North Carolina ranks 7th in the nation for Stroke death, and Stroke costs an estimated $1.05 billion each year.

NOTE: Our videos live on our Facebook account. If you do not see the videos on our site, your internet provider may be blocking access to Facebook. If that is the case you may need to visit our website or Facebook page on a computer outside your current network, such as a home computer or a smart phone.

While Stroke is caused by a form of cardiovascular disease that also cause heart disease, unlike heart disease, Stroke disables more than it kills. An estimated 5 million Stroke survivors live with a wide range of disabilities, and approximately 30 percent of those are severely disabled, requiring extensive and costly care.

Among health professionals, the prevailing motto is: “The best way to treat a Stroke is to prevent one from happening.” Thus, NCSA has focused their efforts on reducing Stroke incidence and impact by:

  1. Increasing public awareness through Stroke risk screenings and education on Stroke risk factors and Stroke symptoms, and
  2. Enhancing post-Stroke survivor and caregiver quality of life.

NCSA exports its programs to hospitals throughout the state for implementation. At present, 18 hospitals and medical centers throughout the state operate NCSA’s programs, many with financial assistance from NCSA.

NCSA addresses Stroke prevention and education, and post-Stroke services through its two transportable centerpiece programs:

These two programs are unique for North Carolina’s hospitals because they are:

  • Measurable
  • Standardized
  • Evidence-based
  • Community focused

NCSA and its partnerships have provided more than 25,000 screenings. Because the organization is committed to assisting hospitals in their efforts to implement community Stroke prevention and education programs, and to create inpatient Stroke treatment protocols, NCSA created its N.C. Partnership Grant Program in 2007. The program offers grants to hospitals to conduct NCSA programs.

For program information or information on how to set up a screening, call (336) 713-5052.


If you or a loved one are experiencing Stroke symptoms, call 911 and get to the hospital IMMEDIATELY! Treatments are available that may dramatically reduce a Stroke’s devastating effects—but they must be provided within a few hours of the onset of a Stroke.