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Stroke Risk and Prevention

Stroke risk factors provided by Providence St. Peter Hospital

What are risk factors for stroke?

Risk factors you can control:

  • Smoking & other tobacco use
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Diabetes
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Alcohol use
  • Physical inactivity

Risk factors you can’t control:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Family history
  • Previous stroke or TIA
  • Other rare health problems

How can stroke be prevented?

Healthy diet, regular exercise, medications to control blood pressure and cholesterol and weight loss are just a few things that can do to lower your risk for stroke. Talk to your primary care provider about screenings and stroke prevention.