Stroke is one of the top leading causes of death in the U.S. While you can’t completely prevent it from happening, you can make a few changes to increase your chances of staying alive for a long time. Are you in immediate danger? These signs can tell you.
If any of the following circumstances apply to you, know that you’re putting yourself at a much higher risk of stroke — and there’s no guarantee you’ll survive it. One “mini episode” is a terrifying stroke symptom you may not be aware of (page 9).
1. You’re over 50
Your risk of having a stroke almost doubles every 10 years after you turn 55. This has a lot to do with your risk of disease and death generally going up the older you get. Heart problems and their risk factors (high blood pressure, cholesterol) especially put you at risk.
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