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What Increases Your Chances of a Stroke and Possible Signs

Risk Factors

Risk factors are conditions or behaviors that increase your chances of getting a certain disease. Some risk factors can be treated or controlled, and some cannot.
Risk factors for this condition that you cannot change include:
  • Age (the risk tends to increase with age)
  • Gender (men are more likely to have a stroke, but women are more likely to die of one)
  • Race/ethnicity (African Americans are more likely to have a stroke than people from other ethnic groups)
  • Family history of stroke
  • Personal history of a stroke, TIA, or heart attack.
Some of the most important treatable or controllable risk factors are:
(Click Stroke Risk Factors for more information.)


Symptoms of a stroke can include:
  • Sudden numbness or weakness (especially on one side of the body)
  • Sudden confusion, or trouble speaking or understanding speech
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble with walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.
(Click Stroke Symptoms for more information on this topic.)
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