Physical inactivity and obesity - Being inactive, obese or both can increase your risk of high blood pressure
, high blood
cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease and stroke
. So go on a brisk walk, take the stairs, and do whatever you can to make your life more active. Try to get a total of at least 30 minutes of activity on most or all days.
What are other, less well-documented risk factors?
Geographic location - Strokes are more common in the southeastern United States than in other areas.