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What increases my risk for a stroke?

Risk factors for stroke include high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, heart disease and being inactive/overweight. Watch neurologist Carolyn Brockington, MD, explain these factors and why it's key to talk to your doctor about your individual risks.

Some medical conditions that increase the risk for stroke are heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and high blood cholesterol levels.

Some lifestyle choices also influence the risk of stroke, such as smoking, illegal drug use, inactive lifestyle, lack of exercise and obesity.

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