Up to 80 percent of all strokes could be prevented. Stroke can happen to any person, at any time, and at any age. Generally, however, the risk goes up as you get older – and it doubles every decade after age 55. Strokes often run in families, as relatives may share the tendency to develop risk factors including high blood pressure, heart disease, or diabetes. Women are slightly less likely to have a stroke than men, although when they do, they tend to have them at a later age – making a full recovery more unlikely and the risk of death higher. Race also affects the likelihood of stroke, with African-Americans and Hispanic Americans far more likely to experience a stroke than Caucasians. While a stroke may have many causes, there are some specific factors that contribute to more than 90% of all strokes.
What are the Causes and Risk Factors for Stroke?
Research into the causes and risk factors for stroke continues. In the meantime, the best thing you can do is reduce your risk by eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy BMI (body mass index), and controlling your blood pressure and cholesterol. Work to reduce stress or take part in stress-reducing strategies such as yoga and meditation. If you smoke, quit, and keep your alcohol intake to one drink per day. Taking control of your health will have major benefits for your overall quality of life – in addition to decreasing your risk of experiencing a stroke.