What increases my risk of ischemic brain injury?

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There are a variety of risks associated with ischemic brain injury, and in particular stroke. Factors such as age, being diabetic, having a family member who has had a stroke, and having a race of African American all increase the risk of ischemic brain injury and stroke. Other factors that impact your risk are having high blood pressure or high cholesterol, and having certain cardiac diseases. Smoking, alcohol consumption, eating a lot of salt and fat, and not exercising also contribute to your risk of experiencing an injury due to brain ischemia.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.