National Stroke Association
9707 E. Easter Lane
About National Stroke Association
The National Stroke Association (NSA) is a national, non-profit, voluntary health organization dedicated to reducing the incidence and impact of stroke by changing the way it is viewed and treated. During a stroke, interruption of oxygenated blood supply to the brain or leakage of blood outside of blood vessel walls may cause damage to a portion of the brain. Depending upon the exact location and duration of lack of oxygenated blood supply to brain tissue (ischemia), affected individuals may experience a variety of symptoms such as weakness, paralysis, speech impairment, sensory abnormalities, and/or life-threatening complications. Established in 1984, the National Stroke Association promotes patient, physician, and public education; engages in patient advocacy efforts; and promotes research into improved stroke prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation. The organization, which currently has 14 chapters and approximately 7,000 members, offers networking services that enable affected individuals and family members to exchange information, assistance, and support; maintains a registry; offers support groups; and makes appropriate referrals. In addition, the NSA offers a stroke information hotline and provides a variety of materials including reports, brochures, pamphlets, videos, audiovisual aids, and a quarterly newsletter.