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Article Home Adult and Senior Health Risk factors for stroke

Risk factors for stroke

Risk factors for stroke are the factors which do not causes the stroke directly but has association with the stroke in one or other way. The chance of getting stroke is high if there is presence of risk factors.


Risk factors are traits and lifestyle habits which increases the risk of a disease.

Risk factors for stroke

  • High blood pressure: It is the most common risk factors for stroke.
  • Diabetes.
  • Inactivity and lack of exercise.
  • Obesity.
  • Diabetes
  • High red blood cell count will cause thickness of blood leading to clot formation and stroke
  • Atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm.
  • Age: There is increased risk for stroke after 55 years.
  • Race - more common in African Americans than Caucasians.
  • Previous stroke
  • Migraine
  • Brain aneurysm
  • Obesity.
  • Previous TIA (transient ischemic attacks)
  • Family history of stroke
  • Use of oral contraceptives.
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • High blood cholesterol levels
  • Illicit drug use like cocaine.
  • Pregnancy
  • Childbirth
  • Socioeconomic status: Stroke is more common in people with low socioeconomic status.