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Lesser-Known Risk Factors for Stroke

As researchers continue to study stroke, its effects, and how to treat and prevent it, there are several risk factors they are pay particular attention to.

Following are some risk factors that you should discuss with your doctor when determining what you can do to prevent stroke.

Geographic Location

Strokes are more common in the southeastern United States than in other areas. These are the so-called "stroke belt" states. North Carolina is not only part of the stroke belt, but it is one of three states considered the "belt buckle" (one of those with the highest rates of death from stroke).

Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol abuse can lead to multiple medical complications, including stroke. For those who consume alcohol, the safe recommended amount is no more than two drinks per day for men and no more than one drink per day for non-pregnant women. Pregnant women should not consume any alcohol at all.

Drug Abuse

Drug addiction is often a chronic relapsing disorder associated with a number of societal and health-related problems. Cocaine, amphetamines and heroin, among others, have been associated with an increased risk of stroke.

More information on lesser known risk factors.