Brain and Spine
Some things that make stroke more likely are out of our control. But many risks can be managed or even eliminated. In fact, up to 80% of strokes are preventable through risk factor management.
The leading cause of stroke and the most important controllable risk factor. Know your blood pressure and take your medication as prescribed by your health care professional.
This increases the risk that an artery leading to the brain will become clogged, resulting in a stroke. Diabetes: Work with your doctor to manage diabetes through diet, exercise and medication.
Those with circulation problems such as peripheral artery disease have a higher risk of carotid artery disease, which raises their risk of stroke.
Being inactive or obese can increase the likelihood of other stroke risk factors, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Include exercise in your daily routine.
Stroke affects people of all ages, but the general risk goes up as we grow older.
In the U.S., stroke is now more common in women than men. About 60 percent of stroke deaths happen to women.
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