A risk factor is something that increases your likelihood of getting a disease or condition.
It is possible to have a stroke without the risk factors listed below. However, the more risk factors you have, the greater your likelihood of having a stroke. If you have a number of risk factors, ask your doctor what you can do to reduce your risk.
Risk factors for stroke include:
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Last reviewed September 2012 by Rimas Lukas, MD
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