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Who is at risk for a stroke?

Certain lifestyle behaviors contribute to stroke risk. Smoking and obesity are the major risk factors. Because of their increased risk for high blood pressure, African-American individuals are at a greater risk for stroke. Those with diabetes and circulation problems are also at higher risk for stroke. In addition, if you have had a heart attack, a TIA (transient ischemic attack), or a previous stroke, you are at a much higher risk for a stroke.

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