September 16, 2014
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Stroke Risk Reduction

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Am I at risk for a stroke?

Every 10 minutes on average, a Canadian has a stroke. Could you be next?

There are many things that increase your risk of a stroke (called stroke risk factors).

Some are things you can't control:

  • age over 65
  • male gender (women are also at risk after menopause)
  • family history of stroke
  • First Nations, African, or South Asian ancestry
  • personal history of a stroke or TIA ("mini-stroke")

Fortunately, there are also many things you may be able to control:

Lifestyle issues:

  • being overweight
  • drinking too much alcohol (more than 2 drinks per day or 10 drinks per week for women or more than 3 drinks per day or 15 drinks per week for men)
  • unhealthy diet (low in fruits and vegetables and high in sodium and saturated or trans fat)
  • lack of physical activity
  • smoking
  • stress

Medical conditions:

Some people may have other risk factors not listed here.

Learn more about understanding your stroke risk and how to reduce your risk of stroke.

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