One in three Canadians will develop stroke, dementia or both and having a stroke doubles your risk of developing dementia. Although this risk increases with age, a stroke can increase dementia risk at any age, even as early as 40s or 50s.
However, prevention goes a long way. Controlling risk factors common to both stroke and dementia like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and physical inactivity can significantly reduce your risk.
Read more about stroke risk factors and assessing your risk and Heart & Stroke.
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