Stroke Risk Factors
The carotid arteries are large blood vessels that carry blood to
the brain. The brain gets all of the nutrients and oxygen it
needs to function well in order for these arteries to be healthy.
However, if these arteries are damaged, it can greatly increase
your risk of stroke.
Risk factors are certain lifestyle and health issues that
increase your chances of having a stroke. Because stroke is
common within our community, it is important that you are aware
of these factors so that you know if you are at risk. High blood
pressure is the leading risk factor, but there are many other
factors that also put you at risk for stroke.
Identify Your Risk Factors
Read the risk factors below to identify which ones you have.
Remember, risk factors are different for each person. Also, note
that some factors, such as your age, cannot be change, but others
can be managed. Talk with your healthcare provider about ways to
make healthy changes to help reduce your risk factors.
Health Risk Factors:
- You're overweight
- You have diabetes (online
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- You have high blood pressure
- You've had a heart attack
- You have atrial fibrillation
- You have unhealthy cholesterol levels
- You have narrowed arteries
Lifestyle Risk Factors:
- You smoke
- You often eat salty, fried, or greasy foods
- You rarely exercise
- You have more than two alcoholic drinks per day
Age and Family History:
- You are over 60 years old
- A parent, sister or brother has had a stroke
Metabolic Syndrome: If you have any of the
factors above you, then you are put at increased risk of stroke.
But if you have three or more of certain risk factors, also known
as a condition called metabolic syndrome, then your risk is
multiplied. Please be sure to talk to your healthcare provider if
you have any of the following risk factors:
- High blood pressure
- High blood sugar
- Too much weight around your waist
- Unhealthy cholesterol levels