Stroke Risk Factors

Regardless of age, gender, and body type, anyone can be affected by stroke. The chances of having a stroke increase if someone has certain risk factors, including high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes mellitus, smoking and a family history of stroke.  The best way to protect yourself from a stroke is to examine your personal risk factors related to stroke with your physician and seek medical management of the risks.

There are two types of risk factors for stroke: controllable and uncontrollable. As the name suggests, controllable risks can be managed with lifestyle changes and medical treatments.

Controllable Risk Factors

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Increased blood cholesterol
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Physical inactivity (lifestyle-related risk)
  • Smoking and alcohol use (life style related risk)

Uncontrollable Risk Factors

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Ethnic group
  • Family history
  • Previous occurrence of stroke


News & Events

The Family Guide (Facts about Aphasia and Stroke) has been published in Bengali and is available on request from Ratna Sagar Publishers, New Delhi.

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