High blood pressure is the number one risk factor for stroke.
The following also increase your risk for stroke:
- Family history of stroke
- Heart disease
- High cholesterol
- Atrial fibrillation
- Sedentary lifestyle
- 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