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 HDL (good cholesterol) <35 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 at least every five years.
240 mg/daily level-plus is in the red zone and HDL level should be at least 35 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%.
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.