Reduce your stroke risk
Many risk factors for stroke are treatable, says Larry Goldstein of the Duke University Stroke Center. "If you make these lifestyle changes, you reduce your stroke risk by 85 percent."
You're at higher risk for stroke if you:
- Are African American
- Are male
- Have a close relative who had a stroke before age 65
- Are older: Stroke risk doubles for every decade after the age of 50
- Have already had a stroke. "You are at 10 times higher risk of having a stroke if you've already had one," says Goldstein.
Beth Levine is a freelance writer who lives in Stamford, Conn.
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