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Neurosciences & Stroke

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Stroke Risk Factors

High blood pressure is the number one risk factor for strokes. The following also increase your risk for stroke:

  • Diabetes
  • Family history of stroke
  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Increasing age

Certain medications make blood clots more likely, and therefore your chances for a stroke. Birth control pills can increase the chances of blood clots, especially in woman who smoke and who are older than 35.

Men have more strokes than women. But, women have a risk of stroke during pregnancy and the weeks immediately after pregnancy. The following can increase the risk of bleeding into the brain, which makes you more likely to have a stroke:

  • Alcohol use
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Cocaine use
  • Head injury

Learn about stroke prevention.