To solely focus on reducing disability and death from stroke through research, education, fundraising and advocacy.

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a major cause of serious, long-term disability. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds. Someone dies of a stroke every 3 minutes.

The American Heart Association created the American Stroke Association after many years of increasing emphasis on stroke. The American Heart Association spends more money on stroke research and programs than any other organization except the federal government.

During fiscal year 2003-04, the American Stroke Association spent more than $162.4 million on all stroke efforts.

Because we are an integrated division, we leverage the infrastructure and expertise of the American Heart Association, allowing us to focus on changing the health care environment to improve stroke care by:

* Advocating for widespread systems change;

* Educating professionals and consumers about the nation's third leading cause of death.

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1. The American Stroke Association’s goal is to reduce stroke and risk by 25 percent by 2010.

2. We envision a world where stroke is minimized and ultimately eliminated as a major health problem.

3. We look forward to a world where risk factors are reduced and rapid treatment is obtained.

4. We strive to change the landscape of healthcare delivery so that optimal care and maximum recovery are achieved for those who do suffer a stroke.