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)


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