The American Heart Association Reveals 14 Stroke Risk Factors – Most of Them Can Be Under Our Control

The American Heart Association Reveals 14 Stroke Risk Factors – Most of Them Can Be Under Our Control

The statistics regarding strokes are as terrifying as they can be, unfortunately. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) informs that once every 40 seconds in the US, a person suffers a stroke. We’re talking about one of the leading causes of death in the world. 

The good news is that science knows at least some of the factors that can lead to a stroke for a person and that we have some control over them. For instance, once we find out that smoking can lead to a stroke occurring later in life, we can obviously quit smoking or at least do it less often.

The majority of strokes are preventable reveals the 14 things that could lead to us having a stroke at some point in life. Five of the stroke risk factors cannot be controlled: family history, gender, age, and others. Eight of the risk factors are under our control. The other six risk factors are questionable, but we can also hope to control them as well to reduce the chances of dealing with a stroke at some point in life. 

Dr. Starr explains as quoted:

The top 5 things to monitor or treat to reduce the risk of stroke are blood pressure, tobacco use, diabetes, diet and physical activity, with blood pressure being the very most vital. These require the individual to make decisions and to monitor their own health and activities.

Here are the eight risk factors that make us more likely to deal with a stroke:

  1. Smoking (as previously said)
  2. Diabetes
  3. Eating unhealthy
  4. Not getting enough physical exercises
  5. Obesity
  6. Having high blood cholesterol
  7. Not being careful with arterial or heart disease, if it exists
  8. Undertreating sickle cell anemia

Now let’s check out the six things that could make us more likely to deal with a stroke, and keep in mind that more evidence is still needed:

  1. History of positive COVID testing: it’s suspected that this could spike blood clot risk later in a person’s life, but again, more research is needed for confirmation.
  2. Geographic location: southern states seem to deal with higher rates of stroke.
  3. Sleeping habits
  4. Socioeconomic-related factors
  5. Alcohol abuse
  6. Drug abuse

According to the American Heart Association, about 80% of strokes are very preventable, which means that it’s mostly up to us and the choices we make in life.


Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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