Stroke is the second biggest killer and the leading cause of disability in Australia and hence its important to know your stroke risk factors.
The risk factors are categorised into three groups:
- Uncontrollable risk factors
- Medical risk factors
- Lifestyle risk factors
Uncontrollable risk factors – The ones you have no say in!
These include your age, gender and family history of stroke. Generally if you are an older male with a family history of stroke, your at a higher risk than a younger female with no family history of stroke.
Medical risk factors
Certain medical conditions increase a persons risk of getting a stroke. These include
- transient ischaemic attack (‘mini stroke’)
- Irregular heatbeat (Atrial Fibrillation)
- Fibromuscular Dysplasia ( a condition where some of the arteries that carry blood throughout the body do not develop as they should)
Its important that these conditions are kept under control in order to minimise the risk of stroke.
Lifestyle risk factors – The ones YOU CAN control!
The following factors are known to increase your chance of a stroke
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
- Being overweight
- Poor Diet and lack of exercise
- Drinking six or more standard drinks a day
All these factors play a part in your stroke risk and its important to discuss these issues with your doctor or pharmacist to understand where you stand. All Blooms The Chemist Pharmacys are able to conduct a FREE stroke risk assessment on the spot in store as well as give advice as to how to reduce your overall stroke risk. For more information on stroke and its risk factors, visit The Stroke foundation.