Stroke Risk Factors

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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.