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Stroke Risk Factors

Risk Factors You CAN Control

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Diabetes (high blood sugar)
  • Heart Disease
  • Atrial Fibrillation (irregular heartbeat)
  • High Cholesterol
  • Atherosclerosis (build-up of fatty deposits in arteries)
  • Smoking
  • Excessive use of alcohol
  • Physical inactivity
  • Obesity

Risk Factors You CANNOT Control

  • Increasing Age (2/3 of all strokes happen over the age of 65)
  • Gender (25% more common in males)
  • Heredity (family history)
  • Race (More common in African Americans)
  • Previous stroke, TIA or heart attack

The majority of Risk Factors you CAN control are related to cardiovascular fitness. Stroke is a form of cardiovascular disease and by keeping your heart and vessels as healthy as possible, you greatly reduce your risk of a stroke. You may need to consult with your physician and develop a plan to reduce your risk of a stroke, or you may be able to take significant steps on your own. 

Time is critical when you or someone you know is having a Stroke.  Call 911 if you think you're having a stroke.

Act F.A.S.T.

 F ace  facial droop and uneven smile
 A rm  arm numbness and arm weakness
 S peech  slurred speech, difficulty speaking or understanding
 T ime  Call 911 and get to the hospital immediately


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