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SUNY Downstate Stroke Center

Providing a Continuum of Care, From Prevention and Diagnosis to Intervention and Recovery.

Risk Factors

Men have a slightly higher risk of stroke, but women have a greater chance of dying from one. African Americans have the greatest risk, as their chances are double those of whites. Also, mini-strokes, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and smoking greatly increase your risk.