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Von: Natalie Hull Drawbar

Just the thought of having a stroke is frightening for many. Determining your own risk using a test can provide information.

The risk of a heart attack in the brain is for people who are hereditary and certain risk factors fulfill, greatest. Although genetics cannot influence people, many of the risks such as lifestyle, diet and physical fitness can. Especially if there has already been a stroke in the family, many relatives want to know their risk of a cerebral infarction based on the experience of doctors. But even people who lead a supposedly healthy life would like to be able to assess the risk in terms of their age and gender as well as previous illnesses and cholesterol. A test of about ten to 15 minutes can give an indication.

Stroke risk: Heredity, age and gender have a decisive influence

If a stroke has already occurred in the family, the risk of suffering a stroke yourself increases. (Iconic image) © AntonioGuillem/Imago

In Germany, around 270,000 people suffer a stroke every year. Over half of these would be avoidable, if those affected lead a healthier lifestyle, as suggested by internist Dr. medical Sven Kolfenbach from the Helios Clinic in Burg.

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If a stroke has already occurred in the family, increases according to the portal stroke aid risk of having a stroke yourself. The danger is particularly high if a disease with a genetic disposition or several hereditary diseases predominate in the family, for example heart defects, high blood pressure, Diabetes, obesity or blood clotting disorders. Basically important to know: A stroke already shows pre-determined symptoms that announce it and where everyone acts immediately should.

Age and gender also play a major role in the risk of having a stroke. Approximately 50 percent of all strokes occur in the over 75 age group. Men have a significantly higher risk of stroke than women.

Avoid a stroke: Test your individual risk

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The test to assess your risk of having a stroke can be done easily and conveniently online. (Iconic image) © William Perugini/Imago

The portal stroke aid has a free trial developed that can be carried out easily, conveniently and anonymously online. To do this, some specific questions need to be answered. The personal risk profile in the context of a stroke is then determined from data such as gender, age, weight, size, previous illnesses and lifestyle.

If you know your blood, cholesterol and blood sugar values, you will receive an even more precise result. You can contact your family doctor or pharmacist to determine these values. The test uses the most important influencing factors to determine your risk of a stroke and then provides a detailed explanation and recommendation.

This test does NOT replace a medical diagnosis. If you have any questions, always consult your doctor.

This article only contains general information on the respective health topic and is therefore not intended for self-diagnosis, treatment or medication. In no way does it replace a visit to the doctor. Unfortunately, our editors are not allowed to answer individual questions about clinical pictures.

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