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Stroke – risk factors you should know

A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease or health problem. Some risk factors for stroke you cannot change. Some you can. Changing the risk factors that you have control over will help you live a longer, healthier life.

Risk Factors You Cannot Change

You cannot change these stroke risk factors:

  • Your age. Risk of stroke goes up with age.
  • Your gender. Men have a higher risk of getting heart disease than women, except in older adults.
  • Your genes and race. If your parents had a stroke, you are at higher risk. African Americans, Mexican Americans, American Indians, Hawaiians, and some Asian Americans also have a higher risk.
  • Diseases such as cancer, chronic kidney disease, and some types of arthritis.
  • Weak areas in an artery wallor abnormal arteries and veins.
  • Both during and in the weeks right after the pregnancy.

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