Causes of Stroke
There are many risk factors associated with stroke. Risk factors are habits or traits that can increase the likelihood of acquiring a disease.
Prevention of stroke is one of the best approaches to take.
Stroke risk factors tend to mirror those of Coronary Heart Disease
Risk Factors (That Can Be Changed)
- High Blood Cholesterol (240 mg/dL or higher)
- HDL Cholesterol (l40 mg/dL or lower)
- LDL Cholesterol: (>100 mg/dL or higher)
- Hypertension (140/90 bpm or higher)
- Physical inactivity
- Diabetes (fasting plasma glucose blood sugar of 126 mg/dL)
- Excessive alcohol
The above risk factors all highlight the important role that lifestyle plays in the prevention of strokes and other related diseases.
Risk Factors (That Cannot Be Changed)
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- Gender, strokes are more common in men than in women
- Family History/Race, strokes are more likely to ocurr if a family member has had a stroke. African Americans also have a higher risk of death from a stroke .
- Prior Stroke or Heart Attack, more likely for strokes to occur again.