A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted, depriving brain tissue of oxygen and food. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. There are many factors that may contribute to having a stroke. The cause of some strokes is never known. The good news is that strokes can be treated and prevented, and many fewer Americans die of stroke now than even 15 years ago.
A number of risk factors are related to stroke. Stroke risk factors include:
Lifestyle risk factors
Medically treatable risk factors
Other risk factors
The factor with the strongest link to stroke is high blood pressure which more than doubles the risk of a stroke. Talk with your healthcare professional about what may have contributed to your stroke and actions you should take to avoid secondary strokes.
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