Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about stroke.

Are stroke and heart disease related?

Stroke and heart disease have some of the same risk factors, according to the National Stroke AssociationOff Site Icon(ASA).

According to the association, shared risk factors include:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High LDL cholesterol levels
  • Low HDL cholesterol levels
  • Obesity
  • Physical inactivity
  • Smoking

Also, stroke and heart disease are related because each is a risk factor of the other. Various types of heart disease are risk factors for stroke, and stroke itself is a risk factor for coronary heart disease, according to the ASA.

For more information about how stroke and heart disease are related, talk with your doctor.

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Source: Bryan Ludwig, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; John Terry, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Elizabeth Marriott, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute

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