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  • A stroke interrupts blood flow to an area of the brain.
  • Most stroke risk factors are lifestyle related, so everyone has the power to reduce their risk of having a stroke.
  • Risk factors should be considered together to understand the overall risk of stroke.
  • Some stroke risk factors, such as gender, age and family history, can’t be controlled.
  • Lifestyle factors that increase your risk of stroke include high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, high blood cholesterol levels, heavy drinking, high salt and high fat diet and lack of exercise.
  • Someone who has already experienced a stroke is at increased risk of having another.

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Reviewed on: 31-07-2013