What are the risk factors for Stroke?
There are a variety of risk factors for stroke, some that are hereditary
and others that have more to do with lifestyle and age. For instance,
the chance of having a stroke doubles for each decade of life after age
55. While stroke is common among the elderly, many people under 65 may
also be afflicted. African Americans have a much higher risk of death
from stroke than Caucasians.
Women have more strokes and are more likely to die from one than men. A
family history of brain attack also makes it more likely that you will
suffer a stroke.
Some health conditions make you higher risk, as well. Diabetes, elevated
cholesterol and high blood pressure increase the chance of a stroke but
can be controlled with proper lifestyle modifications and/or medical intervention.
Being overweight, smoking and physical inactivity all contribute to increased
risk of stroke as well.
Good Samaritan Hospital Comprehensive Stroke Center