How can I assess my risk of stroke?

You can assess your risk of stroke by answering the questions below and adding up your score. Score one point for each "yes" answer:
  • Are you over 75 years of age?
  • Do you have high blood pressure?
  • Do you have diabetes?
  • Do you have heart failure?
  • Have you suffered from a stroke before, even a mild stroke? (Score two points if you answered "yes.")
A risk score of two or above may indicate that more clinical assessments are required. Discuss your risk factors and any symptoms with your doctor to determine the best treatment for your individual case.

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