Caregiver helps prevent stroke likely-hood

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.

Steps to Help Prevent a Stroke:

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
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