Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death and the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States. However, stroke is largely preventable, treatable and beatable. In fact, according to the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, 80 percent of strokes are preventable.
Anyone can have a stroke at any age, but a person's chances of having a stroke increase with certain risk factors, including high blood pressure, obesity, high cholesterol, a family history of stroke, age and ethnicity.
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You can do to reduce your personal risk of stroke by making positive diet changes, getting physically active, quitting smoking, monitoring blood pressure, controlling cholesterol levels and managing diabetes. Use the following resources to help lower your risk.