Stroke in Men

On average, a stroke occurs every 40 seconds, and about 40 percent of these strokes occur in men. When someone is having a stroke, minutes matter. It's important to get treatment as quickly as possible.

Stroke Risk Factors

  • Poor diet—A diet that is high in trans fat, saturated fat, and low in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fiber increases your risk of having a stroke.
  • Smoking—Smokers are at higher risk of stroke than people who do not smoke. This is one of the greatest modifiable risk factors for stroke.
  • Lack of physical activity—People who do not get moderate exercise regularly are at increased risk of having a stroke.
  • Drug use—Use of drugs, particularly cocaine and amphetamines, increases your risk for stroke.
  • Medical conditions—The following medical conditions increase your risk of having a stroke:
    • Atrial fibrillation
    • Previous stroke
    • Abnormalities of the blood clotting system
    • Inflammation of the blood vessels
    • Recent heart attack
    • Heart valve disease
    • Vascular disease
    • Diabetes (or prediabetes)
    • High blood pressure
    • Blood fat disorders (such as high LDL cholesterol)
    • Obesity
    • Long-term use of hormone replacement therapy
  • Age—Your risk of having a stroke increases as you age. Risk for stroke after a heart attack has been shown to be elevated for people over age 75.
  • Gender—Earlier in life, men are at higher risk of stroke than women. But, women’s risk catches up to men’s risk about 10 years after menopause.
  • Genetic Factors—Certain inherited traits may put a person at increased risk for stroke. Your risk of stroke is higher if a family member has had a stroke. This risk factor is minimal in relation to the other risk factors. But, there are some rare genetic conditions that may raise the chance of having a stroke.
  • Ethnic Background—African Americans are more likely to have hemorrhagic (bleeding) strokes. This may be due to a higher incidence of high blood pressure among African Americans. This risk is also minimal in relation to the other risk factors.

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