You can't control your family history, age, gender or ethnicity. But luckily, you can do something about other factors that could increase your risk of having a stroke, including obesity, diet, diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol.
Stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. Without oxygen-rich blood, brain cells begin to die. If the blood supply is not restored, the affected part of the brain dies, causing disability or death.
Help prevent a stroke by learning more about the risk factors you can do something about, and those you can't control.
Risk issues you can do something about
Risk factors you can't control
What is your risk?
Cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke) is a leading cause of death, so it is important to understand how to prevent them. The more risk factors you have, the greater your risk.
For more information on stroke prevention, please read our brochure Taking control: Lowering your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Last reviewed: August 2013