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:

  • Smoking
  • 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.