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What are the risk factors for a silent stroke?

Audrey K. Chun, MD
Geriatric Medicine
The risk factors for silent strokes (small vascular events in the brain) are the same as for full-blown strokes: age, hypertension, atrial fibrillation, smoking, obesity, carotid artery stenosis (narrowing of the carotid artery, the large artery whose pulse can be felt on both sides of the neck under the jaw), a personal history of stroke or heart attack, vascular disease and heart disease.

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