Stroke Risk Factors
The good news about stroke is that it is largely preventable.
You can't control all of your risk factors for stroke, such as age, gender and family history, but you can determine what your manageable personal risk factors are and take steps to control, treat and improve them today.
Do you know your personal stroke risk factors?
Take our stroke risk assessment to identify your stroke risk factors and how to improve them.
Metabolic syndrome raises your stroke risk
Now that you have discovered your risk factors, it is important to know that a specific combination of these factors can lead to an increased risk of stroke.
Metabolic syndrome is a condition that is defined by having 3 or more of the following risk factors:
- High blood pressure (130/85 mm Hg or higher)
- Excess weight around the waist (more than 40 inches in men and 35 inches in women)
- Triglyceride level at 150 mg/dl for men and below 50 mg/dl for women
- HDL cholesterol level below 40 mg/dl for men and below 50 mg/dl for women
- Elevated blood sugar or diabetes
These risk factors are all conditions that can be treated, therefore, it is important to talk to your healthcare provider about your specific risk.
High blood pressure
- More than 65 million people living in the United States have an elevated blood pressure.
- More than two-thirds of people over age 65 have high blood pressure.
- The risk of stroke increases as your blood pressure increases.
Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Centers
Getting the right care without delay can mean a lifesaving difference if you suspect you or a loved one is suffering stroke. The Medical City Healthcare network includes nine certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center locations — one near you when every second counts — equipped and staffed by specially trained medical teams to provide advanced diagnostics and sophisticated treatment services quickly with quality care.
Texas Stroke Institute
Medical City Healthcare was the first hospital system in North Texas to create a hub-and-spoke model of care for stroke to quickly get patients to the highest levels of care needed. We have nine certified advanced primary stroke center locations and eight Certified Chest Pain Center locations across Dallas/Fort Worth. Each is staffed by board-certified physicians and specially trained staff providing the most advanced treatments and supported by HCA’s full continuum of intensive, surgical, and rehabilitation care to help you or your loved one recover from stroke or heart attack as fully and quickly as possible.
The Texas Stroke Institute treats patients with the most advanced, minimally invasive endovascular procedures and imaging techniques for the treatment of stroke and neurovascular disorders. Our world-renowned team of Stroke and Interventional Neurologists, board certified in Neuro-Critical Care, are dedicated to providing comprehensive, compassionate, time-sensitive care.