Unmodifiable Risk Factors

1. Age
Most strokes occur in people >60 years old.

2. Gender
Women who have not reached menopause have a lower risk of stroke than men.

3. Family history
Risk of stroke is increased if close family members had a stroke before 65 years old.

4. Ethnicity
First Nations people and those of African or South Asian descent are more likely to develop hypertension and diabetes, thus increasing their risk for stroke than the general population.

5. Prior stroke or TIA
Prior stroke or TIA increases the risk of stroke.

For more information on unmanageable risk factors, please visit the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario here

(Courtesy to the Heart and Stroke Foundation for their information on unmanageable risk factors)