Both ischaemic stroke and coronary artery disease share links to many of the same predisposing, potentially modifiable risk factors (for example, hypertension, abnormal blood lipids and lipoproteins, cigarette smoking, physical inactivity, obesity and Diabetes Mellitus).1 This shows the prominent role that lifestyle plays in the origin of stroke.
This section highlights some of the key risk factors that can lead to stroke and how to identify patients that may be at risk.
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1 Wolf et al. Preventing ischemic stroke in patients with prior stroke and transient ischemic attack: a statement for healthcare professionals from the Stroke Council of the American Heart Association. Stroke, 1999