Stroke Campaign

Chuckanut Health Foundation sponsors a community-wide stroke awareness campaign – Stand up to Stroke: Act FAST! 



In Whatcom county, nearly 90% of people who have a stroke DON’T make it to the hospital in time to receive tPA, a clot-buster shot that dramatically improves the chance of survival and recovery. Stroke can happen to anyone, at any age, and at any time. In the U.S., stroke is the fifth leading cause of death, killing nearly 130,000 people each year.

There are many risk factors for stroke. High blood pressure is a leading cause of stroke and should be checked yearly. Other controllable risk factors include high cholesterol, transient ischemic attack (TIA), and diabetes, obesity, and heart conditions— such as atrial fibrillation.

But up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable. Taking control is the first step to managing your risk.

Get moving

Watch your diet

Know your numbers (blood pressure, cholesterol and sugar levels)

Know your family medical history

Drink moderately

Stop Smoking

Recognizing stroke symptoms can be easy if you remember to act FAST:


Articles / Events

You can save your brain if you have a stroke, but only if you act F.A.S.T. By Zoe Fraley For The Bellingham Herald

Check us out in the Bellingham Herald! Thank you Dr. Bree Johnston for spreading the news about what we’re up to. — Article here—>

We had a successful Strike out Stroke kick-off thanks to the Whatcom Medical Society and the Bellingham Bells hosting us at their game in July of 2015 and 2016. We asked people to raise their arms, smile, and say FAST, to teach people the actions you can ask others to do if you think they might be having a stroke. Thank you to C9 Photography for taking photos for us!


Additional Resources


The American Stroke Association and the American Heart Association are working together to end stroke. This page is full of evidence-based resources and education.