Bethesda Hospital East

Stroke Risk


Are you or someone you know at risk?

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death following heart disease, cancer and respiratory disease with nearly 600,000 new stroke cases diagnosed every year, and three million people having some disability from stroke. Despite these alarming statistics, more than 80 percent of all strokes can be prevented, according to the National Stroke Association.


Although some risk factors for stroke such as age, gender, race and family history of stroke are beyond your control, certain lifestyle changes can dramatically reduce the risk of stroke. The following affect your likelihood of having a stroke:

  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol 
  • Diabetes
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Obesity
  • Smoking 
  • Having more than two alcoholic beverages a day