|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.|
- High blood pressure (hypertension).
- High Cholesterol levels (Cholesterol is a fatty like substance that can clog the blood vessels).
- Being overweight.
- Excessive alcohol consumption.
- Lack of exercise.
- Heart disease.
- 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 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.|