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As we age, our arteries become harder and narrower. However, certain medical conditions and lifestyle factors can speed up the process and increase your risk of having a Stroke.
COMMON RISK FACTORS INCLUDE:
  • High blood pressure (hypertension).

  • High Cholesterol levels (Cholesterol is a fatty like substance that can clog the blood vessels).

  • Being overweight.

  • Smoking.

  • Excessive alcohol consumption.

  • Lack of exercise.

  • Heart disease.

  • Diabetes.

  • Drug abuse: cocaine and heroin.

  • Hardening of the arteries.

  • Aneurysms (an abnormal widening or ballooning of a portion of an artery due to a weakness in the wall of the blood vessel).

  • Arterovenous malformation (an abnormal connection between veins and arteries, usually congenital).

PREVENTATIVE MEASURES
Preventative measures include addressing the risk factors and leading a healthy lifestyle. To reduce your risk of stroke monitor your blood pressure, track your cholesterol level, stop smoking, exercise regularly and find out if you should be taking a drug to reduce blood clotting. Regular annual check-ups with your GP or Physician is highly recommended.
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