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Brain Attack/Stroke: Risk Factors

A risk factor is a condition or behavior that increases the chances of getting a disease. While anyone can suffer brain attack, there are certain risk factors that greatly boost that risk.

Some of these factors are controllable, or treatable, which means you can take action to reduce your risk. Other factors are beyond your control. Let's first take a look at the treatable risk factors.


Treatable Risk Factors


Risk Factors Over Which You Have Little or No Control

If you fall into one or more of the high-risk groups below, for which there are no treatments, it becomes even more important to reduce your risk in other ways that you can do something about (see above).

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Last Reviewed: Oct 11, 2007

Pooja  Khatri, MD Pooja Khatri, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati

Joseph P Broderick, MD Joseph P Broderick, MD
Professor and Chair of Neurology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati

Dennis   Landis, MD Dennis Landis, MD
Formerly, Professor of Neurology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University