Medical stroke risk factors include:
- Previous stroke
- Previous episode of TIA (or mini stroke),
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Atrial fibrillation
- Carotid artery disease
These risk factors can be controlled and managed with the help of a healthcare professional.
Lifestyle stroke risk factors include:
- Being overweight
- Drinking too much alcohol
You can control these risk factors by quitting smoking, exercising regularly, watching what and how much you eat and limiting alcohol consumption.