Understanding Your Stroke Risk
Stroke is not just a problem reserved for senior citizens. In fact, the risk factors for stroke are the same, regardless of your age. Knowledge is your best defense against stroke. Understand your stroke risk, know the signs and symptoms and, if you think you’re having a stroke, act fast.
- Each year, about 750,000 Americans, including many young adults, have a stroke.
- Stroke accounts for 1 in every 3 deaths in the U.S.
- At younger ages, men have a higher stroke risk than women.
- African Americans have a higher stroke risk than Caucasians.
- Among people ages 45 to 64, 37 percent of hemorrhagic strokes result in death.
- The risk of stroke in current smokers is about double that of non-smokers.
- The risk of stroke for pregnant women – and women within 6 weeks after delivery – is 2.4 times greater than for non-pregnant women.
- People who are under 65 and suffer signs of depression are 4.21 times more likely to have a stroke.
- Physical inactivity
- Illicit drug use
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- High blood cholesterol and other lipids
- Overweight and obesity
- Diabetes Mellitus
- Women over age 30 who smoke and take high-estrogen oral contraceptives
Signs and Symptoms of Stroke
- Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
Call 9-1-1 immediately if you experience symptoms of stroke.
* Information provided courtesy of the American Heart Association.