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May is Stroke Awareness Month and the perfect time to remind everyone of the simple ways to detect signs and symptoms of a stroke. A stroke occurs when oxygen is no longer reaching the brain. The arteries leading to the brain can be blocked or the vessels may have ruptured. According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is the leading cause of disability as well as the fifth leading cause of death in the United States.

The rate of stroke among young people has apparently been rising steadily since 1995, according to a study published this week. Hospitalization rates for stroke increased for women between the ages of 18 and 44, and nearly doubled for men in that age range from 1995 through 2012.