Stroke Risk Factors
Pradeep Bhatia, M.D.
Neurology, NeuroAccess, Inc.
Anyone can have a stroke, but certain factors can place you at higher risk. Some factors, like family history, race, age, sex and prior stroke history cannot be changed. However, many risk factors are under your control.
- High blood pressure is a leading cause of stroke. If you have high blood pressure, work with your physician to bring it into a normal range.
- Smoking can significantly increase your risk for stroke as well as lung disease, heart disease, and a number of cancers. If
you are a smoker, quit.
- High blood cholesterol can increase your risk. Having your cholesterol levels checked frequently can help you manage high cholesterol.
- Diabetes can increase your risk because it can cause destructive changes in the blood vessels throughout the body, including the brain.
- Heart disease sufferers have a higher risk of stroke than those with healthy hearts. Exercise and diet can help improve your heart’s health.
- Obesity and physical inactivity can increase risk of many stroke risk factors as well as a variety of other health conditions. Get at least 30minutes of activity onmost days.
Nearly 80 percent of strokes can be prevented. Take time to educate yourself on stroke risk factors and work with your physician to assess your risk.