Risk FactorsDid you know? Certain factors cannot be controlled, but over 50% of all strokes are preventable!*
Risk Factors That Can Be ControlledSmoking
Overweight or obesity
High blood pressure (hypertension)
Risk Factors That Cannot Be ControlledAge - Stroke affects all ages but risk greatly increases with age.
Family history - Especially when stroke occurred before age 65.
Gender: Males have a slightly higher risk of stroke.
Race: African Americans are at increased risk of stroke and related disability.
Prior stroke: Someone who has had a stroke is at greater risk of having another.
Can a Stroke be Prevented?Some risk factors can be controlled and other cannot, so the possibility of reducing the risk of experiencing another stroke would depend on how the person manages the controllable risk factors.
My Personal Risk FactorsRisk factors are different for each person. Although some cannot be changed, others can be successfully managed. Check the items below that apply to you and discuss them with your doctor.
High blood pressure
Previous heart attack or stroke
Family history of heart disease
High cholesterol/high fat diet