What is your stroke risk?
Add up your total points in each column to calculate your risk of a stroke.
- High Risk = 3 or more points from the red column
- Moderate Risk = 4-6 points from the yellow column
- Low Risk = 6-8 points from the green column
Ways to lower your risk
Most of the risk factors in the chart above can be controlled or even eliminated. To help prevent a stroke and improve your overall health you can:
- Stop smoking. Quitting now will dramatically improve your health today and in the future. It will lower your chance of stroke as well as many other serious medical conditions. For help quitting, talk to your doctor. Or, call this free, confidential phone line 1-888-567-TRUTH (1-888-567-8788). The Spanish language line is 1-877-629-1585. Read more about how to quit: Quitting Tobacco: Your Journey to Freedom.
- Maintain a healthy weight. This will help you control your blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes – and lower your chance of heart disease and stroke. Talk to your doctor or dietitian about how to lose weight safely, slowly, and permanently.
- Exercise. Physical activity protects your heart, brain, and bones. It makes you stronger, gives you more energy, and helps you cope with daily stress. Aim for 30 minutes of moderate exercise on most days of the week. The 30 minutes could also be broken up throughout your day: take the stairs instead of an elevator, park at the end of parking lots, walk the dog, etc.
- See your doctor regularly. Your doctor can check for "silent" risk factors like high blood pressure and help you manage any chronic illness such as diabetes.