Stroke Risk Factors

Stroke Risk Factors

Stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks blood from getting to the brain or a blood vessel in the brain bursts.

Lifestyle and medical conditions affect whether a person is at risk for stroke. For example:

  • Do you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol?
  • Do you have diabetes?
  • Have you been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation?
  • Do you participate in illicit drug use?
  • Do you drink excessive quantities of alcohol?
  • Do you smoke?
  • Are you overweight?
  • Do you avoid exercise?

If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, you are at a greater risk for stroke and should look for ways to change your lifestyle and improve your overall health.

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For stroke survivors

Visit Stroke Smart or Stroke Connection for information on recovery, resources and support.


Signs of a stroke

F – Face:
Ask the patient to smile. Does one side droop?
A – Arms:
Does one arm fall down when the patient holds both arms up?
S – Speech:
Is the patient’s speech slurred or garbled?
T – Time:
If you suspect stroke, time is critical. Call 911 immediately.


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