• Brain Health & Stroke Facts

    You can prevent stroke. In fact, 80 percent of all strokes are preventable. 1

    We’re all in this together. Three out of five U.S. adults will develop a brain disease in their lifetime. 2

    Stroke is common and deadly. Every 40 seconds someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke and every 42 seconds someone dies of stroke. 3 

    Stroke is a leading cause of death, memory loss and long-term disability in the U.S., affecting nearly 800,000 people every year. 1 

    More women than men have strokes. And stroke kills twice as many women each year as breast cancer. 4

    Brain health matters, no matter your age. The brain begins showing signs of cognitive decline as we enter our 20s. 2

    Stroke happens to people of all ages. In fact, the number of younger adults having strokes has steadily increased over the past two decades, even as the overall rate of stroke has dropped. 5

    You’re not “too young” to think about stroke. Having any one risk factor significantly increases the chance for stroke among people in their 30s and 40s. The risk is 10 times greater if you have two or more risk factors. 5

    Younger people are at greater risk than ever before. Risk factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and diabetes are happening at younger ages than ever before. 6

    Stroke deaths have stopped declining after decades of progress. Increasing rates of physical inactivity, obesity and other risk factors are paving the way for stroke’s deadly comeback. 6

    The single most important treatable risk factor for stroke is high blood pressure. 6


    What We’re Doing About It

    CycleNation and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association want to help all people take control of their brain health while raising funds to support breakthrough research to end stroke.

    We’re in it to win it, because stroke is preventable, treatable and beatable.

    Keep pedaling. Regular, moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, like cycling, is a great way to keep your mind sharp and reduce your risk of having a stroke.

    What’s good for your heart is good for your brain, too. You can keep them both in good shape with simple, healthy choices, like eating smart and moving more. 

    If your life has been touched by stroke, you know how devastating it is. But did you know you can avoid many brain problems like stroke, memory loss and dementia? Take control of your risk factors, including high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, obesity and high cholesterol.

    You know how having a healthy body enhances your life? Brain health has similar benefits. When your brain is healthy, you’re better able to pay attention, remember and process information, solve problems, communicate, and much more. 2

    Studies show a healthy, active lifestyle can improve sleep, memory, attention and your ability to process information. It’s a no-brainer: Move your body more, and your brain works better. 8,9

    Staying active helps delay or prevent many of the diseases associated with aging. So active adults maintain their quality of life, mobility and independence longer as they age. 9

    To keep your brain and body healthy: 10

    • Keep an eye on your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
    • Be physically active and stay at a healthy weight.
    • Sleep well, and see a doctor about chronic problems like insomnia or sleep apnea.
    • Don’t smoke, vape or use other tobacco products.
    • Limit alcohol.
    • Be socially active.
    • Eat healthy and include more fruits and vegetables at every meal.  




    1 https://www.strokeassociation.org/en/about-stroke

    2 https://www.strokeassociation.org/en/health-topics/brain-health

    3 https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/pdf/10.1161/CIR.0000000000000659

    4 https://www.cdc.gov/stroke/docs/women_stroke_factsheet.pdf

    5 https://www.strokeassociation.org/en/news/2019/02/05/high-blood-pressure-tops-list-of-factors-contributing-to-stroke-in-young-adults

    6 https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/stroke/index.html

    7 https://www.strokeassociation.org/en/health-topics/brain-health/brain-health-resources/positive-effects-of-exercise-at-mid-life

    8 https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/fitness/fitness-basics/aha-recs-for-physical-activity-in-adults

    9 https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/fitness/fitness-basics/why-is-physical-activity-so-important-for-health-and-wellbeing

    10 https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/brain-health/brain-health-resources

  • Let’s Go for a Ride - National Cycling Day

    May is American Stroke Month and National Bike Month and because you have participated in the #CycleNation movement, we want you to join us today by participating in National Cycling Day!

    How Can You Participate?

    Grab a friend and let’s go for a ride on May 13 – or go take an indoor cycling class! ! Let America know you are a relentless force for health help us spread the word by posting on social media using #CycleNation.

    Cycling is great for your health. But when you join the CycleNation movement, you aren’t just doing it for yourself—you’re impacting future research and prevention of stroke and heart disease for the entire nation.

    CycleNation™ is a movement to empower the nation to use cycling to help Americans get brain and heart healthy and we are joining together for National Cycling Day on May 13 to ignite a health revolution. By moving as one, we can change the course of stroke and heart disease and its impact on our nation, our communities and our families.