Additional Factors That May Be Linked to Higher Stroke Risks

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Several additional factors may increase your risk of stroke:

Geographic Location

Strokes are more common in southeastern states — the “stroke belt” states. Check out your state and consider how it supports healthy habits.

Socioeconomic Factors

Strokes may be more common among those with lower incomes. One reason may be due to higher smoking and obesity rates. Another reason may be that access to quality health care is often more limited among those with lower incomes. Support quality health care for all

Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol abuse can lead to medical complications, including stroke. If you drink alcohol, we recommend no more than two drinks per day for men and no more than one drink per day for non-pregnant women. See recommendations. Pregnant women should not drink alcohol. Speak with your doctor or a local support group if you need help overcoming addiction to alcohol.

Drug Abuse

The most commonly abused drugs, including cocaine, amphetamines and heroin, have been associated with an increased risk of stroke. Strokes caused by drug abuse often occur in a younger population. Steer clear of potentially addicting substances and see a doctor if you need support to overcome substance abuse.

Sleep Habits

Recent studies are clarifying the reasons that well-rested people tend to have lower heart disease and stroke risks. Adopt habits that promote healthy sleep patterns.