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All Risk Factors for Stroke to Know About

Sandeep Dhanyamraju MD
Medically reviewed by Sandeep Dhanyamraju
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Sandeep Dhanyamraju MD
Medically reviewed by Sandeep Dhanyamraju

Stroke is a very common problem. It affects millions of people around the world. As a result of this condition, a person suffers damage to a specific part of the brain. In most cases, it is not fatal. But, in more severe cases, it can lead to disability or death. Certain factors will affect the severity of a stroke. It is worth knowing about them so that you can prevent the condition in advance.

High blood pressure, smoking, obesity, and diabetes are the leading cause of stroke. Besides these, age, genetics, and race are also considered important factors.

In this article, we will discuss the main risk factors for stroke. Separately, we will highlight the diseases that contribute to the condition. Also, we will cover some tips. These are the ones that can help you prevent a high stroke risk in advance. Moreover, it will be a step toward improving your condition.

Types of Stroke

In the event of a leading cause of stroke, you should seek medical attention. It does this by increasing or decreasing the blood supply to a specific part of the brain. Subsequently, the cells are damaged or may even die. There are also 2 main forms of stroke, namely ischemic and hemorrhagic.

Ischemic stroke can occur as a result of blockage of blood vessels in the brain. In the form of a blockage, it is often a detached blood clot that acts. Ischemic stroke diagnoses in humans in 80% of all cases of the condition. At the same time, there is a high probability that a person will remain alive after a stroke. And rehabilitation after the case will depend on the decision of the doctors. Specifically, experts decide when it will be possible to carry out the restoration. It consists of the resorption of blood clots and the activation of blood vessels in the brain for better blood circulation.

A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures. It can also occur after recurring bleeding in the head. It is worth noting that in 90% of cases, the result of the condition ends in death.

Main Risk Factors for Stroke

A stroke is considered one of the most dangerous situations that occur to people. Its occurrence can lead to a strong deterioration in the general condition and brain deterioration. The causes of this situation greatly affect the degree and time of occurrence of a stroke. There are specific risks factors for stroke that bring the possibility of a stroke. If you do not pay attention to them in advance, this will lead to bad consequences. For example, the work of the brain will deteriorate significantly, or death will occur. Here are some leading causes of stroke to look out for if you suspect a stroke:

  1. Elevated blood pressure.
  2. Diabetes. 
  3. High levels of LDL cholesterol. 
  4. Aneurysms in the brain or venous malformations (AVMs). 
  5. Conditions that produce inflammation, such as viral infections. 
  6. Age. 
  7. Genealogy and stroke genetics. 

Risk for Stroke

Health Conditions That Increase the Risk for Stroke

It is important to note that doing nothing during a stroke will not lead to anything good. Stroke, in some cases, may occur several more times, or lead to death. All this may depend on the individual characteristics of each person. Risk factors for stroke, such as age, race, and stroke genetics, cannot change in any way. But, some factors can influence it. By changing these stroke lifestyle factors, you can reduce your chance of having a stroke. Moreover, by working on it constantly, you can eliminate its occurrence.

The rupture of a vessel or obstruction of a detached blood clot in the head causes a stroke. But, both of these variations lead to the same pathophysiology. In other words, they both lead to similar consequences. Moreover, they are caused by the same factors. There are specific reasons that can affect these risk factors for stroke. Let’s find out more about this.

High Blood Pressure

Many persons on the earth are given a hypertension diagnosis. If not, it’s known as high blood pressure. The following could be the leading cause of stroke:

  • Stroke genetic;
  • Aging;
  • Smoking;
  • Drinking too much alcohol;
  • Stress;
  • Unhealthy food.

Other organs in the body may affect by the increasing pressure. It significantly strains the body and kidneys, in particular. As a result, there is a higher risk of developing illnesses like stroke. High blood pressure increases your risk of suffering a stroke. This is because it causes the blood vessels in the skull to weaken and tighten. Moreover, bleeding arteries may burst, resulting in a stroke.

Atrial Fibrillation 

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is an abnormal heartbeat. Millions of people around the world face this. It does this by accumulating blood in the body. As a result, the likelihood of the formation of clots or blood clots increases. If such a clot breaks away from the vessel and enters the brain, it will cause a stroke.

AFib greatly increases the high stroke risk. Those with the disorder are five times more likely to have a stroke than people without AFib. It uses to treat about one-third of strokes in persons over 60.


Chronic diseases include diabetes. The illness hurts the body’s ability to produce and utilize insulin. This indicates that it might be a significant stroke lifestyle factor. This is because it can harm the arteries throughout the body, including those in the brain. Moreover, the increased high stroke risk increases noticeably with high blood sugar.

If you have diabetes, your stroke risk is considerably increased. A diabetic who experiences a stroke may become incapacitated. The work of the brain will restrict in this situation, and the entire brain will affect. This is because arterial rupture is more likely when blood sugar levels are high. Furthermore, blood vessel blockage is a danger.


Obesity is another common high stroke risk. If a person is obese, there is a 64% chance of having a stroke over time. This is because obesity is associated with comorbidities. These include diabetes, high blood pressure, or excess cholesterol.

Excess weight especially affects the functioning of the body as a whole. But it especially affects and loads the cardiovascular system. As a result, vascular damage can occur and increase the appearance of blood clots. Obesity can also cause inflammation in the body. Then after that, the arteries throughout the body narrow and harden. Otherwise, atherosclerosis occurs.

Autoimmune Diseases

Autoimmune diseases, often known as immune disorders, happen when the body attacks its cells. These diseases could fluctuate due to many body components. Involve the brain’s blood vessels and raise the high stroke risk.

One of these is the autoimmune disease systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). SLE is a chronic inflammatory disease. Many physical organs and systems, including the brain and blood arteries, may affect. SLE patients are more prone than the general population to getting a stroke. Furthermore, the risk factors for stroke can increase by a factor of 10.

Tips for Stroke Prevention

A stroke genetic can be fatal if left untreated. But some of the influencing risk factors for stroke you can hold to a stable state. Everything is important that it be constant and regular. In this case, the result will guarantee. Here are some tips for taking care of your health and preventing stroke:

  1. Work on lowering your blood pressure with your doctor.
  2. Quit all types of smoking that are bad for more than just your heart.
  3. If you have diabetes, follow your diet, take your medications, and have a healthy lifestyle.
  4. Regular exercise helps lower blood pressure in the body.
  5. Add more fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains to your diet.
  6. Reducing the amount of alcohol taken to a minimum or completely removing it.

A stroke is a condition that can lead to brain problems in a person. Many stroke lifestyle factors can lead to it and make it worse. Age, genetics, and race you will not affect in any way. But you can influence blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, and obesity. This means that you can prevent the possibility of a stroke. You can also lead a healthy lifestyle and take medication to improve your well-being.

Understanding risk factors for stroke can play an important role. This will help prevent this condition and reduce the possibility of it occurring. You just need to take into account all the factors, monitor the general condition, and play sports.


  • What is the leading risk factor for stroke?

The leading risk factor for stroke is high blood pressure (also known as hypertension). High blood pressure can damage the blood vessels in the brain, increasing the risk of stroke. Controlling high blood pressure through lifestyle changes can help. Medication can also prevent your risk of stroke. A previous stroke or TIA also affects the occurrence of the next stroke.

  • What are the 5 leading causes of a stroke?

The five leading causes of stroke are:

  1. Ischemic stroke;
  2. Transient ischemic attack (TIA);
  3. Hemorrhagic stroke;
  4. Atrial fibrillation;
  5. Carotid artery disease.
  • Can stroke be prevented?

Stroke is not always preventable. But managing your risk factors can help reduce your risk of stroke. Working with your healthcare provider to manage your risk factors is important. It is also important for the early detection of any signs or symptoms of a stroke.

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