Study Found Ninety Percent of Stroke Risk Due to 10 Risk Factors

The study — slated to be presented Friday at the World Congress on Cardiology in Beijing — reports that the 10 factors significantly associated with stroke risk are high blood pressure, smoking, physical activity, waist-to-hip ratio (abdominal obesity), diet, blood lipid (fat) levels, diabetes, alcohol intake, stress and depression, and heart disorders.

Five risk factors usually related to lifestyle — high blood pressure, smoking, abdominal obesity, diet and physical activity — are responsible for a full 80 percent of all stroke risk, according to the researchers.