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Uncontrollable Risk Factors for Stroke

Last updated 3 years ago

Stroke is often considered a highly preventable condition, because some of the most significant risk factors are lifestyle choices such poor diet and sedentary habits. However, there are some uncontrollable risk factors for stroke that can make it more challenging to manage your health. Still, you can take extra steps in your preventive healthcare even when the uncontrollable risk factors listed here are present.


Hemorrhagic stroke can happen at any age, but ischemic stroke—the much more common type of stroke—tends to be more common among adults over 55. The risk actually doubles every decade after the age of 55, so monitoring other risk factors is very important for seniors.

Family history

Those who have immediate family members who have suffered a stroke or heart attack are more likely to experience a stroke themselves. The risk is particularly high if a family member had a stroke or heart attack at an early age.

Personal health history

About one-fourth of strokes that occur each year are recurrent events, so those who have suffered a stroke before should seek specialized care to manage their risk. Other health conditions like fibromuscular dysplasia, patent foramen ovale, and TIA also boost stroke risk. With PFO, the risk is especially dangerous, since 1 in 5 Americans have PFOs but do not know it due to a lack of symptoms.


The highest risk ethnicity for stroke is African Americans, because they have a higher susceptibility to high blood pressure and diabetes. Hispanic individuals and Asian/Pacific Islanders are also at an increased risk. Gender may also play a role in stroke risk, but the relationship between gender and stroke is a little more complex. Strokes occur more often in women, but stroke incidence is higher in men at younger ages.

If you have significant uncontrollable risk factors for stroke, work with Palms of Pasadena Hospital to manage those risks that can be controlled. You can connect with us for a look at our comprehensive stroke care on our website or by calling (855) 245-8328.


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