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Risk factors are a variety of things that can increase the likelihood of having a stroke.
High Blood Pressure is the most important risk factor in stroke. High blood pressure rarely causes symptoms so people won’t know they have it unless they get it checked. It is very important to have regular check-ups, at least once every three months for everyone who has had a stroke.
High blood pressure puts strain on arteries, causing then to thicken or become weaker which means your heart has to work harder to pump the blood through. This can cause fatty substances to break off from the artery walls and block arteries to the brain or heart.
Some risks are controllable but others are not. By controlling the risk factors you be able to reduce the risk of having a further stroke.