Atrial fibrillation is a type of irregular heartbeat that can cause blood clots to form in your heart. Having atrial fibrillation increases your risk of stroke by five times.
High blood pressure is one of the biggest risk factors for stroke. It is a contributing factor in around half of all strokes.
Being overweight increases your risk of having an ischaemic stroke by 22%. If you’re obese your risk increases by 64%. So it’s very important to try and maintain a healthy weight.
This guide explains some of the risk factors for stroke that only affect women, and offers other sources of information and support that you may find useful.
People with a type of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation (AF) are five times more likely to have a stroke. This guide explains what AF is diagnosed, how it increases your risk of stroke and how it is treated.
If you are of African or Caribbean origin, you may have a higher risk of stroke than other people in the UK due to health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and sickle cell disease. This guide explains more about your risk of a stroke, and what you can do to reduce your risk.
Smoking doubles your risk of death from stroke, so quitting is one of the best things you can do to reduce your risk. This guide explains the link between smoking and stroke, and what support is available to help you stop.
Regularly drinking too much alcohol raises your risk of a stroke, so it's important that you don't regularly drink more than the recommended limit. This guide explains the link between alcohol and stroke and offers some useful tips for cutting down.
You might be prescribed blood-thinning medication to reduce your risk of a TIA or stroke. This guide explains the two types of blood-thinning medication available, antiplatelets and anticoagulants, and how they are used after a stroke or for someone with atrial fibrillation.
Anyone can have a stroke, although there are some things that make you more at risk than others.