10 factors that affect the risk of stroke

How big is the influence of the ten risk factors, showed a large international study with nearly 27,000 participants from 32 countries. It is also clear that the individual factors for the risk of stroke around the world are equally significant.

Risk factor No. 1: high blood pressure

High blood pressure (arterial hypertension) is increased by far the most important risk factor is: Whose blood pressure values over the years, has a three-fold increased risk of stroke. Would the risk factor is high blood pressure in the population off, would the number of strokes worldwide, almost half of the decline.

Because high blood pressure in Southeast Asia and in Africa is more common than in Western countries (which may be in the worse or less treatment), would reduce the Off this risk factor, the number of strokes in South-East Asia and Africa than in Western countries.

Risk factor No. 2: Too little exercise

To fix the lack of movement through regular physical activity, would the number of strokes worldwide, reducing to 35.8 percent. Here, too, there are marked differences between the individual countries: While primarily Chinese too little to move seem to be, so that in China, more movement, much less of stroke patients, would result in, plays lack of movement in Africa, only a comparatively minor role. In Western Europe and North America, more movement would reduce the number of strokes by 17 percent.

Risk factor no. 3: To high fat levels in the blood

Increased blood lipid levels (like cholesterol) to would reduce the number of strokes worldwide, and 26.8 percent decrease. This risk factor, however, is to be in third place In the Western countries, Obesity (obesity) is the major risk factor.

Other Risk Factors

Other factors that influence the risk of stroke, have a poor diet, heart disease (atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter), psychological Stress, cigarette and alcohol consumption, and Diabetes mellitus.

The 10 most important risk factors for strokes in the Overview:

Anyone who avoids all of these risk factors at an early stage, or off, it can expect that its stroke is reduced risk in a sustainable way.

Conclusion: Our genetic predisposition or our age – and sex-dependent risks, we can not influence. But those who live according to designed, and have health problems treated appropriately, can contribute significantly to achieving the individual’s own risk for strokes and many other diseases low to keep.


Stroke. Online information of the Institute for quality and efficiency in health care: www.gesundheitsinformation.de (status: 28.6.2017)

O’donnell, M. J., Chin, S. L., Rangarajan, S., et al.: Global and regional effects of potentially modifiable risk factors associated with acute stroke in 32 countries (inter-stroke): a case-control study. The Lancet, 2016

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