In atrial fibrillation, the upper chambers of the heart (the atria) quiver instead of beating effectively to move blood into the ventricle. Your chances of having a stroke are five times higher if you have atrial fibrillation.
High blood pressure is a major modifiable risk factor in ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes. It also contributes to heart attacks, heart failure, kidney failure and atherosclerosis (fatty buildups in arteries).
Understand the dangers of sleep apnea, a risk factor for stroke. We also explain the ‘reverse Robin Hood syndrome’ where the healthy brain ‘steals’ blood from the injured part.
Diabetes and Stroke
A six-part series on diabetes and stroke from Stroke Connection magazine:
- Diabetes & Stroke
- The Diabetes & CVD Connection
- Tips for Keeping on Track
- Treating Diabetes with Diet and Exercise
- Online Resources for People with Diabetes
- Caregivers and Diabetes
General Tips for Controlling Risk Factors
Tips for keeping risk factors under control.
Understanding the connection between risk factors for heart disease and stroke.
Following your doctor's and pharmacist's orders after a stroke is crucial to controlling the conditions that could increase your risk of another stroke.
This content was last reviewed on 04/30/2014.