Answers to Common Health Literacy Questions

Premier Physician Network providers answer frequently asked questions about health literacy.

What are the risk factors of a stroke?

Though anyone can have a stroke at any age, it’s important to know what risk factors could put you at a higher risk, according to the Disease Control and PreventionOff Site Icon (CDC).

Risk factors, according to the CDC, include:


  • Lack of physical activity
  • Obesity
  • Tobacco use
  • Too much alcohol
  • Unhealthy diet


  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Previous Stroke or “mini stroke” (transient ischemic attack)
  • Sickle cell disease

Family history and other issues

  • Age, with the risk doubling every decade after age 55
  • Family history
  • Gender, with females at higher risk
  • Sleep apnea
  • Use of birth control pills

Some of these risk factors can be improved by making changes to your lifestyle choices.

For more information about risk factors of a stroke, talk with your physician.

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Source: Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Christopher Aviles, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Michael Dulan, MD, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Aleda Johnson, MD, Liberty Family Medicine; Josh Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Joseph Leithold, MD, Woodcroft Family Practice; Anne Nestor, MD, Trenton Family Medicine; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Jennifer Romaker, NP-C, Fairfield Road Physician Offices