ST. CLOUD -- May is stroke awareness month. About 800,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke each year.

A stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability and the fifth leading cause of death in the United States.

Signs you may be having a stroke include sudden severe headaches without a cause, weakness or numbness, difficulty walking, and trouble speaking and seeing.

Risk factors for a stroke include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and family history of a stroke.

CentraCare Health says treatment may be available if you get the emergency room as soon as symptoms occur.

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