Understanding Risky Conditions

Updated:Nov 9,2016

Specific Conditions

Atrial Fibrillation

In atrial fibrillation, the upper chambers of the heart (the atria) quiver instead of beating effectively to move blood into the ventricle. Your chances of having a stroke are five times higher if you have atrial fibrillation.

Blood Pressure and its Relationship to Stroke

High blood pressure is a major modifiable risk factor in ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes. It also contributes to heart attacks, heart failure, kidney failure and atherosclerosis (fatty buildups in arteries).

Understanding Sleep Apnea: Get a Good Night’s Sleep AND Reduce Your Risk)

Understand the dangers of sleep apnea, a risk factor for stroke. We also explain the ‘reverse Robin Hood syndrome’ where the healthy brain ‘steals’ blood from the injured part.

Diabetes and Stroke

A six-part series on diabetes and stroke from Stroke Connection magazine:

General Tips for Controlling Risk Factors

What You Can Do

Tips for keeping risk factors under control.

Converging Risk Factors

Understanding the connection between risk factors for heart disease and stroke.

Managing Medicines

Following your doctor's and pharmacist's orders after a stroke is crucial to controlling the conditions that could increase your risk of another stroke.

When Folks Have Second Strokes

How do you recognize stroke symptoms in survivors who may already be living with a deficit that mirrors one of the warning signs?

This content was last reviewed on 04/30/2014.


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Risk factors are traits and lifestyle habits that increase the risk of stroke. Learn which factors you can treat or control - and those you cannot - and what you can do to lower your risk of stroke.