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Stroke: Know your risk

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Like heart disease, stroke is a significant problem in the United States. But many things can affect whether or not you develop stroke, some of which you can control. That's why it is important to understand your personal risk factors.

Risk factors are conditions, habits, family history, and other facts about yourself that make you more likely to develop certain diseases. The more risk factors you have, the higher your risk of getting certain diseases. Some risk factors such as age or family history can't be controlled. But many can be controlled by making changes in the way you live. In this section you can learn more about the different kinds of risk factors that you can and can't control.

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Content last updated: February 01, 2009.

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