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Stroke Risk Factors

Risk Factors We Can’t Control

  • Age (after age 55, your chance of having a stoke is twice as likely)
  • Gender (stroke occurs more often in men than in women)
  • Race (you have a higher risk for stroke if you are an African-American)
  • Heredity (you have a higher risk for stroke if someone in the family has had a stroke)

Lifestyle Risk Factors

Many risk factors for stroke can be managed by living a healthy lifestyle. The neuroscience team at Miami Valley Hospital suggests:

  • Control blood pressure 
  • Weight loss 
  • Low-fat diet (lowering cholesterol) 
  • Exercise 
  • Not smoking 
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Reduce risk of heart disease
  • Control heart rate irregularities (such as atrial fibrillation)
  • Control blood sugar in diabetics (through proper diet and exercise)