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.

Learn more about stroke risk factors.

Learn more about stroke symptoms and related conditions.