Anyone can have a stroke, but certain factors place you at a higher risk.
Some factors that increase the risk of stroke cannot be changed, while others are linked to lifestyle factors are under your control.
Inherent Risk Factors:
- Age: Older people are more at-risk for strokes.
- Gender: Men are more likely to have strokes than women, but more women die from strokes.
- Heredity and Race: If your parent, grandparent or sibling had a stroke, you are more likely to have one.
- Race: African-Americans have a greater risk of stroke than Caucasians because of an increased risk of high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes.
- A Prior Stroke: If you had a stroke before, you are at greater risk to have another.
You can take measures to limit your risk of stroke. Steps you can take to help prevent a stroke include:
- Quitting Smoking
- Eating a Healthy Diet
- Exercising Regularly
- Maintain a Healthy Weight
- Limiting Alcohol Consumption
- Controlling Diabetes
- Controlling Blood Pressure
- Lowering LDL Cholesterol