Your age, gender and ethnicity all play into your risk of having a stroke. Medical risk factors include:

  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Circulation issues
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol

Lifestyle risk factors include:

  • Drinking alcohol
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Smoking
  • Unhealthy eating habits

If you have any of the risk factors associated with a stroke, talk with your doctor about the best ways you can guard your health. Some suggestions might include:

  • Eating a well-balanced diet with a lower amount of sodium
  • Exercising in a way that works for you
  • Keeping tight control of your diabetes
  • Quitting smoking
  • Regulating your high blood pressure with medication, weight loss and/or exercise

Some medications are known to increase your risk of stroke, so be sure to educate yourself on the side effects of any medications you take, and consult with your doctor if a change is needed.