Both lifestyle and genetics can contribute to a person’s risk for a stroke.

Some of these risk factors are treatable, according to the Mayo Clinic:

-          High blood pressure

-          Smoking

-          High cholesterol

-          Diabetes

-          Overweight or obese

-          Not exercising

-          Obstructive sleep apnea

-          Cardiovascular disease

-          Heavy drinking

-          Use of illicit drugs

-          Use of some birth control pills or hormone therapies

Other risk factors:

-          Family history

-          Age

-          Race

-          Gender