Some medical problems can increase your risk of having a stroke. It’s important to have regular check-ups with your GP to make sure that you don’t have any of these conditions and to get the right treatment if you do.


As we age, our arteries become harder and narrower, making them more likely to become blocked. However, some medical conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes can speed up the process and increase your risk of having a stroke.

How do I manage my medical conditions?

1. Have regular check-ups
Certain medical conditions can increase your risk of stroke. So it’s important to have regular check-ups with your GP, especially as you get older, to pick up on any problems. It can be difficult to know if you have some of these conditions, so it’s important to check.
Your GP can test you for some of the following conditions and give you advice on how to control them:

2. Take your medication
If you have a medical condition that is increasing your risk of stroke, make sure you take the medication you’re prescribed. If you have any questions about your medication, go back to your doctor or pharmacist and ask. 

Tell them if you are worried about side effects, as there will usually be an alternative that you can take. Never stop taking your medication without talking to your doctor first.

3. Make some changes to your lifestyle
Stopping smoking, drinking less alcohol, eating healthily, doing more exercise and watching your weight can help to improve many of these medical conditions and reduce your risk of stroke as a result. 

Find out more

To find out more about the medical conditions we’ve mentioned and how they can be treated, visit the 'Are you at risk of stroke?' section of our website.