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Stroke Risk Factors

What are my risk factors for a stroke?

Take the test.

1. I use tobacco products:
Yes  No


2. I drink more than 2 alcoholic beverages per day:
Yes  No


3. I am exposed to second hand smoke:
Yes  No


4. I have a high fat diet (fried, greasy or salty foods):
Yes  No


5. I don't exercise regularly:
Yes  No


6. I am overweight:
Yes  No


7. I have not seen a doctor for a checkup in the last 12 months:
Yes  No


8. I have you been diagnosed as having heart disease or have had a heart attack:
Yes  No


9. I have had a prior stroke or TIA (transient ishemic attach):
Yes  No


10. I have diabetes:
Yes  No


11. I have high blood pressure (uncontrolled):
Yes  No


12. I have high cholesterol:
Yes  No


13. My doctor told me to change my diet for health reasons:
Yes  No


14. My doctor said that I could be at risk for a heart attack or stroke because of a lifestyle factor:
Yes  No


15. I have a family history of cardiovascular disease or stroke:
Yes  No


16. I am over 60 years old:
Yes  No


17. I have a history of having migraine headaches with aura (especially in women):
Yes  No


18. I have Atrial Fibrillation or heart valve disease:
Yes  No


19. I am a male:
Yes  No


20. I am of African American and/or Hispanic decent:.
Yes  No


AN ANSWER OF YES TO ANY OF THE ABOVE QUESTIONS INCREASES YOUR RISK OF HAVING A STROKE

How to act on your results

What can you do to prevent a stroke or TIA?

You can change many of the conditions in the quiz through diet and exercise. Others may need medication or other medical interventions. Your best defense is knowledge. Talk to your doctor about stroke prevention, then work together to develop a plan that's right for you. Remember, the more risk factors you have, the greater the risk of having a stroke.

Risk factors that cannot be changed include heredity and race, gender, age, and having had a previous stroke or heart attack.