Risk Factors

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.

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