Stroke Risk Factors

Knowing your risk for stroke and talking with your doctor about your specific health can be the best way to prevent a stroke.

The following risk factors increase your risk for stroke:

  • Diabetes
  • Family history of stroke
  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Increasing age
  • Physical inactivity and obesity
  • Poor diet
  • Smoking and tobacco use

We encourage those with risk factors for stroke to talk with a doctor about ways to reduce your risk of stroke or heart disease.

For more information about stroke warning signs, prevention and more, visit the American Stroke Association »

Another great stroke reference is the National Stroke Association »

Stroke Support Group and Resources

Our Good Samaritan Medical Center Stroke Support Group meets on the second and fourth Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at our hospital in Conference Room E.