Certain risk factors can increase your chances of having a stroke. If you have identified personal risk factors, work with your healthcare provider to reduce your personal risk. Prevent stroke happening to you or others by following these guidelines:
Identify. Review the risk factors and identify your personal risk.
Reduce your risk factors. Work to reduce your stroke risk through lifestyle changes and if necessary medication.
Recognize and Respond. Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke by memorizing FAST. Respond to the first sight of stroke and help save lives.
National Stroke Association’s AFib-Stroke Connection aims to raise awareness about the association between atrial fibrillation (AFib) and the increased risk of stroke by providing educational resources to people with AFib, caregivers and healthcare practitioners.
Lifestyle Risk Factors
Eating habits, physical activity, smoking and drinking are examples of lifestyle stroke risk factors. Lifestyle risk factors are habits or behaviors people choose to engage in. If changed, they can directly affect some medical risk factors by improving them.
Medical Risk Factors
High blood pressure, atrial fibrillation (AFib), high cholesterol, diabetes and circulation problems are all or medical risk factors for stroke and can be controlled. Learn more about identifying and treating these medical risk factors.
Uncontrollable Risk Factors
Some risk factors for stroke are simply not controllable. Learn more about the age, gender, ethnicity, and other factors that are most at risk for stroke.