Stroke Causes 
 
 
Heart Disease and Stroke Services at West Boca Medical Center 
 

 

Heart Disease and Stroke Services at West Boca Medical Center

Stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability and one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Strokes can occur at any age and nearly a quarter of stroke patients are under age 65.

Understanding your risk factors and treatment options can give you a better chance of surviving a stroke and may help you prevent one.

Age, gender, and genetic factors play a role in stroke risk, but most risk factors involve things that you can your doctor can monitor and control, such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • High blood sugar or diabetes
  • Heart disease, heart beat irregularities or history of heart attack
  • Elevated cholesterol and lipids
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Illegal drug use

High blood pressure is the most important risk factor for stroke.