Frequently Asked Questions

8. What are the risk factors for stroke?

A risk factor is a condition or behavior that increases your chances of getting a disease. Having a risk factor for stroke doesn't mean you'll have a stroke. On the other hand, not having a risk factor doesn't mean you'll avoid a stroke. But your risk of stroke grows as the number and severity of risk factors increase.

Risk factors for stroke include ones that you cannot control and ones that you can control.

Some of the risk factors that you cannot control include

The risk factors for stroke that you CAN control include

Experiencing warning signs and having a history of stroke are also risk factors for stroke.