Some of the
risk factors for stroke are potentially "modifiable." This means
that they can be treated or controlled. In most cases, there is good evidence
that treatment leads to significant reductions in the occurence of stroke and
in death from stroke.
These "modifiable" risk factors for stroke are often separated into
medical conditions which reflect the existence of underlying patholgy or pathophysiology,
and lifestyle-related factors which may be independent risk factors and/or contribute
to one or more of these medical conditions.