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.
This guide provides information about why someone might not survive a stroke, and the emotional impact on family and carers. Plus a list of useful resources to help you with practical issues such as how to register a death, finding professional counselling services, and support for bereaved children.
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.
Caring for a stroke survivor can be a challenge. Many carers feel exhausted and isolated, and the financial impact can come as a shock. This guide has information and advice for anyone caring for a stroke survivor at home, and explains some of the benefits you might be entitled to as a carer.