There are factors that can increase your risk for stroke.
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
This is the most common cause of stroke.
High levels of cholesterol in the bloodstream can clog arteries and cause a stroke or heart attack.
2 out of 3 people with diabetes die from stroke or heart disease.
Smoking / Tobacco Use
Smoking doubles the risk of stroke. Smoking is one of the leading risk factors for stroke, as the combination of nicotine and carbon dioxide wreaks havoc on the cardiovascular system.
Obesity / Excessive Weight
Excess weight makes people more likely to have high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes – all of which can increase your risk for stroke.
Previous Stroke or TIA
If you’ve had a stroke, you are at much higher risk of having another one. A transient ischemic attack (TIA) also is a strong risk factor and predictor of stroke.
Having one or more of these risk factors does not mean you will automatically have a stroke. But because your stroke risk is higher, it’s even more important that you ask your doctor about changes you can make to prevent a stroke.