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Without the normal flow of oxygen-rich blood, brain cells start to die. Stroke can cause disability and death.
There are certain behaviors and characteristics that increase your chance of having a stroke. We call these risk factors. There are some risk factors cannot be controlled such as having a family history of stroke, being a certain ethnicity (African Americans have a higher risk of stroke), being female (women have more strokes then men), being age 55 or older, and having had a stroke or heart attack in the past. However, there are also many risk factors that you can control. Here’s how you can reduce your risk of stroke: