Stroke Risk Assessment

Are You At Risk For A Stroke?

Stroke Risk Factors Check List
  • Are you Male > 55?
  • Do you smoke or live with someone who smokes every day?
  • Is your blood pressure >140/90 or you don’t know?
  • Are you 20 pounds or more overweight?
  • Have you been diagnosed with Coronary Artery Disease?
  • Race – African Americans are at higher risk.
  • Do you have a Positive Family History?
  • Is your Cholesterol–Total >200 mg/dl?
  • Is your LDL (bad cholesterol) > 100 mg/dl or you don’t know?
  • Are you physically inactive (Less than 30 minutes 3 times a week)?
  • Are you diabetic or take medication to control your blood sugar?
  • Have you ever had a Stroke/TIA or Carotid Artery Disease?

If You’re At Risk…

Have blood cholesterol checked annually.

LDL should be below 100 mg/dl.

Have your blood pressure checked at least every two years.

Keep track of it. 140/90 is high and constant high blood pressure damages your vessels. Controlling high blood pressure reduces stroke risk by 30–40%.

Have fasting plasma glucose checked at least every three years.

Like coronary heart disease, diabetes is considered a disease of the vessels.

Maintain a healthy weight

For most, it’s a lifestyle choice that involves improving your diet and activity levels.

Be active or exercise at least 20 minutes a day

Increasing exercise to even a moderate level reduces stroke risk by 20%.

Don’t smoke

Quitting smoking will decrease the risk of stroke. After 5 years of not smoking it is no longer considered a risk factor.

Don’t consume alcohol in excess

If you drink, do so in moderation. One per day if you’re a woman and two for men.