What increases my risk for an ischemic stroke?

People with family members that have had a stroke are at a greater risk for having a stroke themselves. The risk for stroke also increases in individuals with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. People who smoke, consume excessive amounts of alcohol, or are overweight are at higher risk of having a stroke, too. Other individuals that may be at higher risk include those with heart problems, those who use oral contraceptives, as well as those who abuse drugs such as cocaine.

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