Risk Factors for Stroke 
 
 
 
 

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.