Stroke is a leading cause of disability in the United States, and it can affect people of all ages. One of the main risk factors for stroke is high blood pressure. Other risk factors include:

  • Age over 55
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Diabetes
  • Family history of stroke
  • High cholesterol
  • Race (Black Americans are nearly twice as likely to have a first stroke.)

In this On Topic video, Jennifer Shen, MD, discusses inpatient stroke rehabilitation treatment, including the process of stroke recovery to restore patient quality of life. Learn more about stroke risk factors and prevention.

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