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Risk factors you cannot change

While there are some risk factors for stroke you can do something about, there are others that you cannot control. The major risk factors that you cannot change are:

Age

The older you are, the higher your risk of stroke.

Sex

Until women reach menopause, they have a lower risk of stroke than men.

Family and Medical History

Having a stroke or TIA (Transient ischemic attack or mini-stroke) puts you at a higher risk of having another one.

Indigenous Heritage

First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples are more likely to have high blood pressure and diabetes.  They  are at greater risk of stroke than the general population.

African and South Asian Heritage

People of African or South Asian background also have a higher risk of heart disease & stroke.  This is because they are more likely to have high blood pressure (hypertension), diabetes or other risk factors for heart disease at a younger age.


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