Am I at Risk for Stroke?
Knowing your risk for stroke and talking with your doctor about your specific health can be the best way to prevent a stroke. St. Anthony Hospital encourages those at risk for stroke to talk with their doctor about risk factors for stroke that can be changed or modified.
Common risk factors for stroke are:
- High blood pressure. Treat it!
Change your habits: eat a balanced diet, maintain a healthy weight, and increase your physical activity to reduce blood pressure. If needed, take medicine as your doctor advises to control your high blood pressure. Learn about how our wellness center can help create healthy habits.
- Heart disease. Manage it!
Change and maintain the heart healthy habits listed above for high blood pressure. Take medicines as your doctor advises to prevent the formation of clots, which can travel to the brain and cause strokes.
- Diabetes or a problem with blood sugar. Control it! Change and maintain the heart healthy habits listed above for high blood pressure. Taking insulin or other medicines as your doctor advises can delay complications (medical problems) that increase the risk of stroke.
- Use of Tobacco. Quit!
Medical treatment is available to help you quit smoking. Learn how we can help you quit smoking.
The following also may increase your risk of having a stroke:
- Family history of stroke
- High cholesterol
- Increasing age
- Physical inactivity and obesity
- Poor diet
Visit the American Stroke Association for more information about stroke warning signs, prevention and more.