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Top 10 Signs You Are at Risk of a Stroke
4. Hispanic or African American Origin
If you are of Hispanic origin, you are more likely to have a stroke than any other ethnic group and it’s much more likely to be fatal. 25 percent of Hispanic men and 33 percent of Hispanic women die due to stroke, although the reason for this is unclear.
African Americans also have a higher risk than whites, as much as double to risk. African Americans are also more likely to have a stroke at an earlier age and this is even more true for those who have a history of sickle cell anemia.
5. Alcohol Abuse
If you drink 3 or more alcoholic drinks per day, it will increase your chance of stroke by an incredible 45 percent. Binge drinking is especially dangerous and combined with high blood pressure, it’s a deadly cocktail.
Those with diabetes are as much as three times more likely to have a stroke than those who do not suffer from diabetes. Unfortunately, diabetics also have more severe strokes that have higher mortality rates. If there are steps you can take to avoid this condition, such as diet and exercise changes, then this might be the time to start.
Being anemic causes changes in the blood vessels in the brain that leave it more vulnerable to a stroke. Even if the anemia is mild, these changes still take place. One study showed that men with very mild anemia had tripled the risk of dying in the year after they had a stroke.
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