Risk Factors of Stroke
Stroke is a medical emergency. If you believe you or someone near you is having a stroke, call 911 immediately!
Knowledge is power
- If you have a risk factor that can be changed, you can change it.
- If you have a risk factor that you cannot change, you can be more aware and reduce or get treatment for factors you can control that will add to your risk of stroke.
Stroke risk factors you can control
Stroke risk factors you cannot control:
- Age - Stroke affects all ages, but the older you are the higher the risk.
- Gender - Men have higher rate of stroke, yet more women die from stroke.
- Family history - If a family member has had a stroke, a blood relative is at greater risk.
- Race and ethnicity - African Americans and Hispanics have a higher risk for stroke.
- Sickle cell disease
St. Vincent’s was named Gold Performance Achievement Award winner by the American Stroke Association guidelines program, which uses key measures for 24 months to make its determination. These include immediate use by the Stroke Center of effective medications and therapies as well as smoking-cessation.
Our goal at St. Vincent’s Primary Stroke Center is to decrease the number of strokes, to give both hope and assistance to those who have suffered stroke, and to help those in our community who been touched by stroke.
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