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Risk Factors

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Age is the single most important risk factor for stroke. The older you are, the more likely you are to have a stroke.

Anyone can have a stroke at any age. Your chances of having a stroke increase if you have certain risk factors. The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from a stroke is to understand your risk and how to manage it.

Some of the risk factors for stroke cannot be controlled, such as your age or family history. But you can take steps to lower your risk by changing the factors you can control.

Learn more about stroke risk factors:

The National Stroke Association offers an interactive tool to explore stroke risk factors.