Certified Primary Stroke Center

Stroke Risk Factors

Some risk factors of stroke are hereditary while others are a result of lifestyle variables. While you cannot change your heredity, you can modify and treat lifestyle risk factors with the help of your doctor. 

It’s possible to have numerous risk factors for stroke, even if you aren't feeling sick. Because many risk factors for stroke don't present with symptoms, you should consult your doctor to assess your risk. 

Risk factors that can be modified: 

  • High Blood Pressure 
  • High Cholesterol 
  • Smoking 
  • Diabetes 
  • Obesity 
  • Heart Disease 
  • Artery Disease 

Risk factors that cannot be modified: 

  • Increasing Age 
  • Gender 
  • Family History 
  • Race/Ethnicity 
  • Prior Stroke 
  • Prior Heart Attack

Other factors that can increase your risk of stroke include heavy or binge drinking and the use of illicit drugs such as cocaine. 

Although men and women have strokes at about the same rate, women more often die of strokes than do men. African Americans are more likely to have strokes than are people of other races. 

If you’d like more information on strokes or the doctors and services available at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center please call 480-882-4000.