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    What Increases Your Risk

    A risk factor is anything that makes you more likely to have a particular health problem. Risk factors for stroke that you can treat or change include:

    Risk factors you cannot change include:

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    • Age. The risk of stroke increases with age.
    • Race. African Americans, Native Americans, and Alaskan Natives have a higher risk than those of other races.
    • Gender. Women have a higher risk of having a stroke compared to men. In people ages 55 to 75, about 2 out of 10 women will have a stroke and 1 or 2 out of 10 men will have a stroke.
    • Family history. The risk for stroke is greater if a parent, brother, or sister has had a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA).
    • History of stroke or TIA.

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    Last Updated: September 09, 2014
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