May is American Stroke Month, and RED is the color of choice to share awareness!! What is STROKE? A stroke occurs when a blood vessel, carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain is blocked by a clot, or the blood vessel ruptures. When this occurs, part of the brain doesn't receive the oxygen and nutrients it needs, and therefore causes brain cells to die. Stroke is a medical emergency, and prompt treatment is crucial. However, strokes can be treated and are preventable.