Stroke Risk Factors

Many common health conditions and behaviors can increase your chances of having a stroke. The best way to protect yourself from a stroke is to understand your risk and how to control it. Living a healthy lifestyle and working with your health care team can lower your risk for stroke. [6]

Health Conditions that increase your chances of a stroke [6]:

  • Previous stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA), also known as a mini stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Sickle cell disease

Health Behaviors that increase the risk for stroke [6]:

  • Eating a diet high in saturated fats, trans fat, and cholesterol
  • Not getting enough physical activity
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Tobacco use
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