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Stroke: Are You at Risk?

Check your risk factors for stroke listed below.

  Age: over 55
  Race: African-American
  Family history
  Previous stroke
  Previous episode of TIA (Transient ischemic episode)
  High cholesterol
  High blood pressure
  Heart disease
  Carotid artery disease
  Smoking cigarettes
  Diet high in salt (for those who are salt-sensitive)
  Drinking too much alcohol (excess alcohol can contribute to high blood pressure).

More men than women experience stroke but more women than men die of stroke. In 1990, about 87,000 women died of stroke, compared to 56,697 men.

Stroke Prevention: Changing Your Lifestyle

Help reduce your risk of stroke – the leading cause of disability.

Stroke Support

Call the American Stroke Association's Stroke Family "Warmline" at 1.800.553.6321. The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association and offers informational packages for professionals, stroke patients and family members of stroke sufferers. Visit the American Stroke Association website at www.strokeassociation.org

Grateful acknowledgement to the National Stroke Association (NSA) for the above information. Used with permission. For more information, you may contact NSA at 840 East Orchard Road, Suite 1000, Englewood, CO 80111-5015 or visit the NSA website at www.stroke.org .The site offers online support to family members. Email address: info@stroke.org

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