Are Strokes Preventable?

June 04, 2018


The most common risk factor for stroke is high blood pressure. You’ll be surprised to learn that 80% of the time, stroke is preventable, and 50 to 60 percent of the time, the patient has high or uncontrolled blood pressure. There are additional risk factors that are directly responsible for stroke, like:

  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Extra weight
  • Lack of physical exercise
  • Some of genetic conditions
  • Smoking and alcohol, which we all know affects your overall health

Non-modifiable risk factors are your:

  • Gender
  • Ethnicity
  • Genes
  • Environmental influence

There is nothing much that you can do about those non-modifiable risk factors. Although, having certain non-modifiable risk factors on your side should alert you and your doctor to pay extra attention when the body is giving signals that need or require some sort of treatment or intervention.