Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about stroke.

What are the risk factors for stroke?

Dr. Bryan Ludwig discusses the risk factors for stroke. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Several risk factors for stroke can be controlled, according to the National Stroke AssociationOff   Site Icon. According to the NSA, a person can reduce their risk of stroke in the following ways:

  • Control blood pressure
  • Control cholesterol levels
  • Manage diabetes
  • Maintain a healthy weight through diet and regular exercise
  • Don’t smoke
  • Avoid heavy alcohol use

According to the American Stroke AssociationOff Site Icon, some risk factors can’t be changed, but are important to keep in mind:

  • Age
  • Family history of stroke
  • Race
  • Gender
  • Prior stroke

Other less-documented risk factors include geographic location, socioeconomic status, drug abuse, or alcohol abuse, according to the ASA.

Talk to your doctor if you think you have risk factors for stroke.

Learn more:

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

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