(HealthDay News) -- A stroke doesn't have to be inevitable, since there are things you can do to help lower your risk.
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The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute says risk factors for stroke that you can control include:
- Having high blood pressure (140/90 mm/Hg or higher), which is among the biggest risk factors for stroke.
- Being a smoker or being exposed to secondhand smoke.
- Drinking alcohol.
- Using illegal drugs.
- Being obese.
- Eating an unhealthy diet.
- Getting insufficient exercise.
- Having high cholesterol.
-- Diana Kohnle
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