By Associated Press - Monday, May 2, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Gov. Jack Dalrymple has proclaimed May as American Stroke Awareness Month in North Dakota.

The governor says the North Dakota Department of Health is working to raise awareness about stroke prevention during the month.

Health officials say stroke is currently the sixth-leading cause of death in North Dakota and the leading cause of admissions to long-term care facilities in the state.

Health officials say 80 percent of strokes are preventable. They say high blood pressure is the biggest risk factor for stroke.

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