You can reduce your risk of stroke by adopting a healthy lifestyle, including not smoking, consuming alcohol in moderation, maintaining a healthy weight, getting regular exercise and having a healthy diet.
- High blood pressure is the number one risk factor for stroke. People who have a blood pressure less than 120/80 have half of the lifetime risk of developing a stroke.
- Those who have atrial fibrillation have five times the risk of having a stroke.
- Smokers double their risk of stroke.
- Women who take estrogen plus progestin (PremPro) raise their risk of ischemic stroke by 44 percent.
Learn more on reducing your risk for stroke.