Hip Hop Stroke, an intervention program that uses hip hop music with stroke education lyrics successfully increases stroke awareness in economically-disadvantaged, minority families, according to a new report published in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke. This innovative program is free and available in communities throughout the United States.
In a study involving more than 3,000 4th through 6th graders from 22 public schools in New York City and 1,144 of their parents, the 3-hour multimedia stroke awareness program increased stroke knowledge from 2 percent of children before the intervention to 57 percent right after, and 24 percent three months later.
Prior to the program, only 3 percent of parents could identify stroke symptoms in the FAST acronym (facial drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulties, and time to call 911). Immediately after the intervention, 20 percent could correctly identify symptoms of stroke and three months later, 17 percent could.