The older you are, the higher your risk of stroke.
Your risk of heart disease and stroke increases after menopause.
Family and Medical History
If you have a close relative who has experienced heart disease, stroke or TIA (Transient ischemic attack or mini-stroke) at an early age, you are at an increased risk. In addition, women who have had pre-eclampsia during pregnancy have an increased risk.
*close relative means a parent or a sibling.
First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples have a higher risk for stroke and heart disease than the general population. This is because they are more likely to have high blood pressure (hypertension) and diabetes. Both conditions can cause a stroke or heart disease.
African and South Asian Heritage
People of African or South Asian heritage 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.
Personal circumstances and environmental factors have an influence on your health. This includes things such as access to healthy food, safe drinking water, health services and social services.