Anyone can have a stroke, but certain factors place you at 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
  • Maintaining a Healthy Weight
  • Limiting Alcohol Consumption
  • Controlling Diabetes
  • Controlling Blood Pressure
  • Lowering LDL Cholesterol