It may be time to talk to your doctor about stroke risk if:

  • you have atrial fibrillation
  • you have heart palpitations (an irregular and rapid heartbeat, typically experienced as a rapid thumping in the chest)
  • you have diabetes
  • you're over 40 and you haven't had a blood sugar test to check for diabetes in the last 3 years
  • you have high blood pressure
  • you haven't had your blood pressure checked in the last year
  • you have high cholesterol
  • you're a man over 40 or a woman over 50 and you haven't had your cholesterol checked in the last 3 years
  • you've had a stroke or TIA in the past
  • you are over 65
  • a close family member (such as a parent, sibling, or child) had a stroke before age 65
  • you smoke
  • you regularly drink more than 2 drinks a day or 10 drinks a week for women, or more than 3 drinks a day or 15 drinks a week for men
  • you don't have an active lifestyle (this does not apply to people whose doctor has not given them approval to exercise)
  • you have any other concerns about your stroke risk

If any of these apply to you, contact your doctor to discuss your stroke risk.