High Blood Pressure: The Most Important Stroke Risk Factor You Can Control

nurse taking womans blood pressureBelieve it or not, having a stroke, also called cerebrovascular accident (CVA), is preventable. In fact, 9 out of 10 strokes are preventable, according to a new study. Researchers discovered that 10 controllable risk factors account for 90 percent of all strokes worldwide. The #1 preventable risk factor? High blood pressure (hypertension), a condition affecting 1 in 3 African Americans.