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Stroke Risk Assessment

Self Stroke Risk Assessment

You can assess your risk for stroke by using the table below

Risk Factor High Risk Caution Low Risk
Blood Pressure > 140/90 or unknown 120-139/80-89 < 120/80
Atrial Fibrillation Irregular heartbeat I don't know Regular heartbeat
Smoking Smoker Trying to quit Nonsmoker
Cholesterol > 240 or unknown 200-239 < 200
Diabetes Yes Borderline No
Exercise Couch Potato Some Exercise Regular Exercise
Diet Overweight Slightly Overweight Healthy Weight
Stroke in Family Yes Not Sure No
TOTAL SCORE High Risk Caution Low Risk

Risk Scorecard Results

High Risk: If you have three or more high risk points, you should ask your doctor about stroke prevention right away.
Caution: If you have four to six caution points, you have a good start. You need to continue working on reducing your risk of stroke.
Low Risk: If you have six to eight low risk points, you're doing very well at controlling your stroke risk!

Reducing Risk of Stroke

You should ask your healthcare professional how to reduce your risk of stroke. Here are some basic steps to get you started:

  1. Know your blood pressure.
  2. Find out whether you have atrial fibrillation.
  3. If you smoke, stop.
  4. Find out if you have high cholesterol.
  5. If you are diabetic, follow recommendations to control your diabetes.
  6. Include exercise in your daily routine.
  7. Enjoy a lower-sodium (salt), lower-fat diet.

Signs of Stroke

You should call 911 immediately at any sign of stroke. If you believe that someone is having a stroke, act FAST.
Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech:  Is speech slurred or confusing?  Is the person unable to speak?
Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately.