Certain health and lifestyle issues, called risk factors, increase your chances of having a stroke. The leading risk factor for stroke is high blood pressure. But there are many other factors that also put you at risk. This page helps you identify which risk factors you have. That way, you know where you need to make healthy changes. Talk to your healthcare provider about ways to help reduce your risk factors.
Risk factors are different for each person. Keep in mind that some factors, such as your age, can’t be changed. But others CAN be managed.
Any of the factors above puts you at increased risk of stroke. But having 3 or more of certain risk factors (a condition called metabolic syndrome) multiplies your risk. These factors include too much weight around your waist, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and unhealthy cholesterol levels. If you have any of these risk factors, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider.