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Health.com: 17 Surprising Things That Affect Stroke Risk

Stop Smoking

If you smoke, drop that cigarette. Smokers are twice as likely to have an ischemic stroke and four times as likely to have hemorrhagic stroke as non-smokers. Plus, they’re almost a decade younger when they have a stroke.

Smoking reduces oxygen in the blood, making it easier for clots to form, while inhaled smoke irritates the arteries, allowing fatty plaques to accumulate in the arteries.

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