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South Med J. 2001 Jun;94(6):613-8.

Stroke awareness among Georgia adults: epidemiology and considerations regarding measurement.

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  • 1Department of Human Resources, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA 30341-3724, USA.



To design and evaluate interventions for reducing the impact of stroke in Georgia, we assessed knowledge of signs, risk factors, and burden of stroke.


Adults in Georgia were studied with a random digit dial telephone survey.


Answering an unaided question, 39% of 602 respondents named > or =1 stroke warning sign. Awareness was considerably greater when assessed with prompted questions. Most respondents (70%) said they would call 911 if someone had a stroke; almost all (95%) considered stroke an emergency. Risk factor awareness ranged from 97% (previous stroke) to 69% (diabetes). Altogether, 6% reported having had a stroke; 48% reported a stroke in their family.


Georgia adults have low awareness of stroke warning signs. Our findings underscore the importance of conducting an effective educational campaign. Furthermore, a need exists for questions on stroke awareness that approximate more closely the situation in which a person must identify a potential stroke.

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