Early recognition can be the key difference between life or death when it comes to suffering from a stroke.  Strokes are a leading cause of serious and long-term disability and the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. Leah Roering a stroke specialist with CentraCare says there are several factors that can play into someone having a stroke.

Roering says treatment may be available if you get to the emergency room at the first signs of stroke such as balance loss, face or arm weakness, and speech. May is Stroke Awareness Month.