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Stroke Center Both campuses
(860) 224-5900 x6764

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Risk factors

The Stroke Center provides education for hospital inpatients and the community on preventing strokes by identifying risk factors.

Risk factors that can usually be prevented or controlled:

  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease and atrial fibrillation
  • Artery disease, including plaque in the carotid arteries to the brain and arteries to the legs or arms (peripheral artery disease/peripheral vascular disease)
  • Obesity, physical inactivity
  • A poor diet, high in saturated and trans fat and cholesterol
The hospital also offers a number of wellness programs that can help with stroke risk factors, including nutrition counseling, stress management, screenings and smoking cessation. We also offer a variety of weight-loss programs, including bariatric surgery such as gastric bypass and gastric banding.

Risk factors that can't be changed:

  • Age - Stroke risk doubles for each decade after age 55.
  • Gender - Strokes are more common among men, but more women die of stroke than men. Pregnancy and birth control pills increase women's risk.
  • Family history of stroke
  • Race - African Americans have a higher risk of stroke death than Caucasians.
  • Prior stroke, heart attack or TIA (transient ischemic attack, a kind of "warning stroke" with stroke symptoms but no lasting damage)