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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 eat fried, greasy or salty diet:
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
Yes   No


10.  I have diabetes
Yes   No


11.  I have high blood pressure
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
Yes   No


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


19.  Overall, men are at higher risk than women
Yes   No


20.  African Americans and Hispanics have a higher incidence of stroke than Caucasians.
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 another 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.

What are risk factors I can’t change?

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