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:
High blood pressure (hypertension). Atrial fibrillation. Diabetes. Smoking. High cholesterol. Heavy use of
alcohol. Being overweight. Physical
Risk factors you cannot change
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Migraine and Stroke
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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 in their lifetime 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.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
February 05, 2013
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