Stroke Risk Factors

 

 

Stroke and heart disease are the leading causes of death in Canada. The first step to reducing your risk of stroke involves knowing your risk factors. Risk factors fall into two groups: modifiable and non-modifiable.

NON MODIFIABLE RISK FACTORS:

  • Age:
    • over 55 yrs old, although 30% of strokes occur in younger people
  • Gender:
    • male (although because women live longer, more will die from stroke each year)
  • Ethnicity:
    • stroke rates are higher for certain ethnic groups (i.e.: people of aboriginal, black or Chinese descent)
  • Family history:
    • immediate family history of stroke, especially before the age of 65 years

MODIFABLE RISK FACTORS:

  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke
  • Heart disease
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Inactivity
  • Excessive alcohol

Identify Your Risk Factors with a Personalized Risk Assessment at the Heart and Stroke Foundation Website.

 

RESOURCES/TOOLS:

 

HYPERTENSION

 

DIABETES

 

SMOKING CESSATION

 

HIGH CHOLESTEROL

 

NUTRITION 

 

PHYSICAL INACTIVITY 

 

EXCESS ALCOHOL

 

MEDICATION ADHERENCE

  • The Ontario Ministry of Health MedsCheck Program
    • Provides free visits with a pharmacist for patients taking three or more medications for a chronic condition. 

Contact us

Champlain Regional Stroke Network The Ottawa Hospital - Civic Campus Civic Parkdale Clinic, Main North 1053 Carling Avenue Ottawa, ON K1Y 4E9

Phone: 613-798-5555 x 16153
SPC Phone: 613-798-5555 x 16156