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Do you know the risk factors for stroke?

Source: American Stroke Association Facebook page Source: American Stroke Association Facebook page

Stroke is largely preventable. The first step in prevention is to understand the risk factors and modify personal choices, such as smoking, and lifestyle to be more heart healthy.

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A risk factor is a behavior or characteristic that increases the chance of stroke. There are factors that can’t be controlled such as increasing age, gender, heredity and race or the history of a prior stroke. Because there are risk factors you can’t control, it is even more important to focus on the ones you can.

CONTROLLABLE RISK FACTORS

  • High blood pressure
  • Cigarette smoking
  • High cholesterol
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes

Information on this page was provided by the American Heart Association

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