May is National Stroke Awareness Month and we want to make sure that we are doing our part to keep you informed. Knowing the warning signs of a stroke can save a life, maybe even yours, so it is crucial that we understand what a stroke is and how to spot one. A stroke occurs when a vessel in the brain becomes blocked by a clot (Ischemic) or actually ruptures (Hemorrhagic). There are over 7 million stroke survivors in the US, but it is the No. 5 cause of death in men and No. 3 cause of death in women. The good news is 80% of strokes are preventable by managing your risk factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking and lack of physical activity.