Knowing your risk for stroke is a key way to prevent it.
Blood Pressure (Systolic/Diastolic)
< 120 and < 80 = 1 point
120-139 or 80-89 = 3 points
140-159 or 90-99 = 6 points
>= 160 or >= 100 = 10 points
No history of diabetes = 0 points
Yes history of diabetes = 2 points
Use of Tobacco
If you DO NOT smoke = 0 points
If you DO smoke = 3 points
If you have NO history of cardiovascular disease = 0 points
If you have a history of coronary or cardiovascular disease (e.g. heart attack, chest pain, narrowed coronary blood vessels, narrowed arteries in the legs or congestive heart failure other than stroke) = 4 points
Atrial Fibrillation (specific type of rapid irregular heartbeat)
If you DO NOT have a history of atrial fibrillation = 0 points
If you DO have a history of atrial fibrillation = 4 points
If you DO live an active life = 0 points
If you DO NOT live an active life = 4 points
Total up your points and talk with your physician about your risk of stroke and what you can do to lower it.
0-4 points = Low
5-10 points = Moderate
11 or more points = High
For a physician referral, call 1-800-625-4298.