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Stroke Risk Factors

Certain conditions – such as elevated blood pressure or cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, smoking, a transient ischemic attack (TIA), lack of exercise, obesity, or a family history – put a person at greater risk for stroke. Multiple risk factors increase your chance of a stroke. Working with a health care professional to develop a healthier lifestyle can help you reduce your risk for stroke.

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Stroke risk factors that can be controlled or treated:

  • High blood pressure
  • Tobacco use
  • Diabetes
  • Diet
  • High cholesterol
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Obesity
  • Carotid or other artery disease
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Atrial fibrillation (Afib) or other heart disease
  • Certain blood disorders
  • Excessive alcohol intake
  • Illegal drug use

Additional stroke risk factors:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Heredity and race
  • Family history
  • Prior stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA) or heart attack

Patient Story: Jarmila Stehle 

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Jarmila's Stroke Story – "Stroke: Every Second Counts" on PIX11 TV

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