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595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901 (215) 345-2200
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Stroke Risk Factors
Ischemic Stroke
Hemorrhagic Stroke
Transient Ischemic Attact (TIA)

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