Stroke Prevention Resources

80 percent of strokes are preventable. Use our tools to learn how.

Stroke Prevention Infographics 

  1. 5 Things to Know About Stroke- Printable PDF
  2. Women Face a Higher Risk of Stroke-English PDF                                                                                                 
  3. Healthy Diets as Kids May Reduce Stroke Later in Life- Printable PDF
  4. What Is a Stroke English PDF | Spanish PDF
  5. What is Pediatric Stroke?  | English Printable PDF | Spanish Printable PDF
  6. Brain Health Infographic |  Printable PDF
  7. Heatstroke vs. Stroke -  | Printable PDF
  8. Atrial Fibrillation - Printable PDF

Stroke Prevention Handouts  

  1. Stroke Prevention Brochure English (PDF)
  2. Stroke Prevention Brochure Spanish (PDF)
  3. Stroke Risk Quiz - English | Spanish (PDF)
  4. Understanding High Blood Pressure (Toolkit)
  5. Controlling HBP in Adults (PDF)
  6. Understanding and Managing Cholesterol - Interactive Toolkit | PDF

Patient Education Resources

  1. A Patient Guide to Understanding Strokes of Unknown Cause
  2. Patient Education Handout (PDF)
  3. Stroke Fact Sheet (PDF)
  4. Let's Talk About Stroke (PDFs) - English version | Spanish version
  5. Order Patient Education Brochures
  6. Atrial Fibrillation Patient Guide (Link)
  7. Atrial Fibrillation Poster (PDF)
  8. Atrial Fibrillation Brochure (PDF)
  9. Atrial Fibrillation Digital Toolkit (PDF)
  10. Multicultural Toolkit 
  11. Healthy Living Resource Guide for Seniors (PDF) 


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Stroke Risk Factors

  • Age — The chance of having a stroke approximately doubles for each decade of life after age 55. While stroke is common among the elderly, a lot of people under 65 also have strokes.
  • Heredity (family history) — Your stroke risk may be greater if a parent, grandparent, sister or brother has had a stroke. Some strokes may be symptoms of genetic disorders like CADASIL (Cerebral Autosomal Dominant Arteriopathy with Sub-cortical Infarcts and Leukoencephalopathy), which is caused by a gene mutation that leads to damage of blood vessel walls in the brain, blocking blood flow. Most individuals with CADASIL have a family history of the disorder — each child of a CADASIL parent has a 50% chance of inheriting the disease. Visit the NINDS website (opens in new window) or read the AHA/ASA scientific statement (opens in new window) on this topic for more details about CADASIL.
  • Race — African-Americans (opens in new window) have a much higher risk of death from a stroke than Caucasians do. This is partly because blacks have higher risks of high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.
  • Sex (gender) — Each year, women have more strokes than men, and stroke kills more women than men. Use of birth control pills, pregnancy, history of preeclampsia/eclampsia or gestational diabetes, oral contraceptive use, and smoking, and post-menopausal hormone therapy may pose special stroke risks for women. Be sure to discuss your specific risks with your doctor.
  • Prior stroke, TIA or heart attack — The risk of stroke for someone who has already had one is many times that of a person who has not. Transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) are "warning strokes" that produce stroke-like symptoms but no lasting damage. TIAs are strong predictors of stroke. A person who's had one or more TIAs is almost 10 times more likely to have a stroke than someone of the same age and sex who hasn't. Recognizing and treating TIAs can reduce your risk of a major stroke. TIA should be considered a medical emergency and followed up immediately with a healthcare professional. If you've had a heart attack, you're at higher risk of having a stroke, too.