RISK FACTORS

  • Advanced Age – Your chances of having a stroke go up as you get older. Two-thirds of all strokes happen to people over age 65
  • Sex – Males have a slightly higher risk than females
  • Previous stroke or transient ischemic attack/Family history of stroke or TIA
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hypertension (self-reported history of hypertension or blood pressure >160/90mmHg)
  • Diet Risk
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Depression
  • Lifestyle factors – Includes smoking, alcohol/drug abuse, obesity and physical inactivity
  • Cardiac Causes