17 Surprising Things That Affect Stroke Risk

What can you do to lower your stroke risk? Here are a few ideas to get you started.

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Clean out your neck arteries

The carotid arteries in your neck can get clogged with fatty plaque, just like the ones that supply blood to your heart. This can increase your risk of stroke.

You can undergo surgery (called carotid endarterectomy) to get the fatty plaque removed, or have a stent (a tiny metal tube) inserted, which allows more blood to reach the brain.

But these procedures can be risky too (in terms of actually causing a stroke), so your doctor will carefully analyze your vessels, usually with ultrasound, to make sure the benefits outweigh the risk.

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