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What's the link between high blood pressure and stroke?

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If it’s not managed well, high blood pressure can make you 4-6 times more likely to have a stroke. This is because it can thicken the artery walls and make cholesterol or other fats build up and form plaques. If one of those breaks free, it can block your brain’s blood supply.

High blood pressure also can weaken arteries and make them more likely to burst, which would cause a hemorrhagic stroke.

From: What Can Help Prevent a Stroke? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Stroke Association: “Impact of Stroke (Stroke Statistics),” “Hemorrhagic Strokes (Bleeds).” 

CDC: “Preventing Stroke: Healthy Living,” “About Stroke,” “Family History and Other Characteristics That Increase Risk for Stroke,” “Smoking and Heart Disease and Stroke,” “Behaviors That Increase Risk for Stroke,” “Preventing Stroke: What You Can Do.”

National Stroke Association: “High Blood Pressure and Stroke,” “Lifestyle Risk Factors,” “Diabetes and Stroke,” “Cholesterol and Stroke,” “Stroke and Sleep Disorders,” “Preventing Another Stroke.”

Harvard Medical School: “Stroke Risk When You Have Atrial Fibrillation,” “Why You Should Keep Tabs on Your Drinking.”

American Heart Association: “Treatment and Prevention of Atrial Fibrillation,” “What are the Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)?”

Journal of the American Heart Association: “Alcohol Consumption, Left Atrial Diameter, and Atrial Fibrillation.”

Stroke Association (UK): “Exercise and Stroke.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Eating Well After a Stroke.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Aspirin to Prevent a First Heart Attack or Stroke,” “What Causes Atrial Fibrillation?”

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: “The Nutrition Source.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 31, 2017

SOURCES:

American Stroke Association: “Impact of Stroke (Stroke Statistics),” “Hemorrhagic Strokes (Bleeds).” 

CDC: “Preventing Stroke: Healthy Living,” “About Stroke,” “Family History and Other Characteristics That Increase Risk for Stroke,” “Smoking and Heart Disease and Stroke,” “Behaviors That Increase Risk for Stroke,” “Preventing Stroke: What You Can Do.”

National Stroke Association: “High Blood Pressure and Stroke,” “Lifestyle Risk Factors,” “Diabetes and Stroke,” “Cholesterol and Stroke,” “Stroke and Sleep Disorders,” “Preventing Another Stroke.”

Harvard Medical School: “Stroke Risk When You Have Atrial Fibrillation,” “Why You Should Keep Tabs on Your Drinking.”

American Heart Association: “Treatment and Prevention of Atrial Fibrillation,” “What are the Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)?”

Journal of the American Heart Association: “Alcohol Consumption, Left Atrial Diameter, and Atrial Fibrillation.”

Stroke Association (UK): “Exercise and Stroke.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Eating Well After a Stroke.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Aspirin to Prevent a First Heart Attack or Stroke,” “What Causes Atrial Fibrillation?”

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: “The Nutrition Source.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 31, 2017

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