working toward recovery, but his health took a turn for the worse. But how?
Stroke Risk Factors:
-Family history: If a parent, grandparent or sibling had a stroke, you’re at higher risk.
-Race: African Americans, who also have higher rates of high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity, are more likely to die of a stroke than whites.
-Gender: Men are more likely to have a stroke than women (though women are more likely to die from a stroke).
-Prior stroke: Even a small one increases the risk of another one.
Not coincidentally, the risk factors for stroke and heart disease are the same; the relative importance of each risk factor varies for each disease. And, the same lifestyle modifications that could reduce your risk of both heart disease and stroke also reduce your risk of diabetes and being obese, which further reduces your risk of having a vascular event. It all boils down to modifying your lifestyle to avoid these debilitating chronic diseases, improve your quality of life and reduce your chance of dying prematurely.