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Stroke Risk Factors

High blood pressure is the number one risk factor for stroke. 

The following also increase your risk for stroke:

  • Diabetes 
  • Family history of stroke 
  • Heart disease 
  • High cholesterol  
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Smoking
  • Unhealthy Diet
  • Prior personal history of stroke or TIA
  • Increased age

Certain medications make blood clots more likely, and therefore your chances for a stroke. Birth control pills can increase the chances 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

Contact Stroke Center

For more information on Doylestown Hospital's Stroke Resource Center, please call Brooke Kearins, CRNP at 215-345-0105.