The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association hosted its 6th Annual Power to End Stroke Health Fair on May 18 at Johns Hopkins.

The event took place at university’s Turner Auditorium on Rutland Avenue and offered free blood pressure screenings, CPR demonstrations, nutrition counseling, fitness activities and healthy cooking demonstrations, organizers said. A free concert was performed by renowned gospel artist, Lisa Page Brooks, a Stellar Award and Gospel Music Excellence Award winner.

May is American Stroke Month, and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has launched the Together to End Stroke initiative to raise awareness that stroke is largely preventable, treatable and beatable.

Power to End Stroke is an education and awareness campaign to teach Americans about the high incidence of stroke within their communities and steps they can take to stay healthy.

When it comes to knowing the warning signs of a stroke, only about two out of three Americans can correctly identify at least one sign. Authorities encourage people to think “F.A.S.T.” when it comes to recognizing the signs of stroke:

F – Face drooping
A – Arm weakness
S – Speech difficulty
T – Time to call 9-1-1.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S.

“We recognize the importance of early detection, treatment and empowerment and the impact all can have on improving outcomes for stroke patients,” said Yvette Mingo, executive director of the American Heart Association.

When an individual recognizes a stroke and acts quickly by calling 9-1-1, the victim has a greater chance of getting to an appropriate hospital promptly and receiving treatment that is likely to improve the outcome, authorities said.

Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. These diseases, America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers, and all other cardiovascular diseases, claim nearly 870,000 lives a year. To learn more, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit

The American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, is working to reduce the incidence of stroke among African Americans with its Power To End Stroke initiative, an aggressive education and awareness campaign. To learn more, call 410-637-4569 or visit