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There are certain risk factors for stroke that can be avoided, while there are others that you cannot control. Generally, if you lead a healthy lifestyle—with healthy eating habits and moderate exercise—you will ultimately lower your risk of stroke by lowering your risk of other conditions that could lead to stroke, such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.
There are certain behaviors that can increase the risk of stroke. These include:
Some risk factors cannot be avoided or controlled. They include:
Written by: the Healthline Editorial Team
Medically reviewed by Jennifer Monti, MD, MPH
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