Risk Factors

There are two types of risk factors related to stroke – modifiable and unmodifiable. For more information, please click on the risk factors below.

Modifiable risk factors are:

  1. Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  2. High blood cholesterol
  3. Atrial fibrillation
  4. Diabetes
  5. Being overweight
  6. Excessive alcohol consumption
  7. Physical inactivity
  8. Smoking
  9. Stress

Unmodifiable risk factors include:

  1. Age
  2. Gender
  3. Family history
  4. Ethnicity
  5. Prior stroke/ TIA

Reference: Heart and Stroke Foundation

Watch this video on preventative measures for heart health, featuring Daphna Steinburg, registered dietitian: