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.
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Many strokes can be prevented. Although you cannot change some of the things that increase your risk of stroke, like your age, there are others that you can change.
Cholesterol is a fatty substance that is found in our blood. Reducing your cholesterol level can reduce your risk of stroke.
An ischaemic stroke happens when a blood clot, or other blockage, cuts off the blood supply to your brain. This is the most common type of stroke.
Exercise is great for your health. It plays a vital role in reducing your risk of stroke and can improve your overall wellbeing.
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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.
Regularly drinking large amounts of alcohol greatly increases your risk of stroke. But there are lots of tools that can help you track how much you're drinking and cut down if you need to.