Be Stroke Smart: Take this Stroke Risk Quiz

You don't have to be a statistic! Be aware of your risk factors. Take this quiz, then work with your doctor to reduce, control or prevent as many stroke risk factors as you can. Choose YES or NO in response to the questions below. Give each YES answer 1 point. The more points you have, the higher your risk.

 Risks that you cannot change:

 Risks that CAN be controlled or changed:


Family history of stroke or heart attack puts you at greater risk.
Do you have a parent, grandparent or sibling that has had a stroke or heart attack?

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is the most important risk factor for stroke.
Do you have high blood pressure (either top or bottom number >140/90)?


The older you are, the greater your risk.
Are you over 40?

Cigarette Smoking

Cigarette smoking is a major, preventable risk for stroke. Nicotine and carbon monoxide damage the blood vessel walls, making clots more likely to form. Using birth control pills combined with smoking further raises your risk.
Do you smoke?


Men are at higher risk for stroke than women, though women who are pregnant, who smoke and take birth control pills, or have high blood pressure have an increased risk.
Are you male?


Diabetes is a high blood sugar (>126 mm/dL) that damages blood vessels and makes it easier for clots to form, increasing your stroke risk.
Do you have diabetes?


African-Americans have a higher risk than Caucasians and other non African-Americans.
Are you African-American?

Physical Inactivity

A sedentary lifestyle will raise your stroke risk.
Do you exercise aerobically for LESS THAN 30 minutes on most days?



Obesity will increase your stroke risk.
Are you more than 20 lbs. overweight?


High Cholesterol

A high total blood cholesterol (> 240 mg/dL) or a high low-density lipoprotein (LDL > 100 mg/dL) will increase your risk for stroke.
Do you have high cholesterol?


Excessive Alcohol

Drinking excessive alcohol can raise your blood pressure and increase your risk for stroke.
Do you drink more than one serving per day of alcohol (for women) or two servings per day (for men)?

If you answered YES to four or more, you owe it to yourself to schedule an appointment with your personal physician for a complete vascular evaluation. If you need a physician, we can help. Call Direct DoctorsSM Plus at 800-882-7445.