While certain factors can increase your risk, stroke can affect anyone at any age.
And while some factors – such as age, race or family history – can’t be changed, up to 80% of strokes could be prevented by controlling conditions that put you at higher risk.
If you have any of the following risk factors, you are at a higher risk for stroke:
- High blood pressure – the most significant controllable risk factor for stroke
- High cholesterol
- Smoking. Smokers are up to four times more likely to have a stroke than non-smokers.
- Atrial fibrillation or irregular heartbeat. Read more about the connection between AFib and stroke.
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Substance abuse
Managing these conditions can significantly lower your risk of stroke. Take our online risk assessment and discuss your results with your doctor.