The University of Utah Stroke Center is a national, DNV GL-accredited leader in comprehensive stroke care. We are a dedicated team specializing in stroke treatment and available 24/7 for our patients. Our center offers an accredited specialty stroke rehabilitation program as well as providing care to rural and underserved areas via Telestroke (telemedicine).

If you recognize signs of a stroke, call 911 immediately.

Risk Factors for Stroke

Risk factors are those things that increase your chance of having a certain disease, like a stroke. Some risk factors can't be changed, like your sex or age. Some risk factors can be changed, like overweight or lack of exercise. 

Risk factors in women and men

There are differences between stroke risk factors in men and women. Some stroke risk factors:

  • Only affect women. Examples are pregnancy or having diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

  • Occur in both men and women, but are more likely to lead to stroke in women. Examples are diabetes and high blood pressure (hypertension).

  • Affect both men and women in about the same way. Examples are your age and smoking.

Women-only risk factors for stroke

Some risk factors can only occur if you are a woman. They are:

  • Being pregnant

  • Preeclampsia, a condition with high blood pressure when you are pregnant

  • Gestational diabetes

  • Taking birth control pills

  • Taking hormone replacement after menopause

  • Changing hormone levels

  • Stroke risk factors in women and men

These risk factors occur in both women and men, but are more likely to increase the risk of stroke in women:

  • Migraine headache with aura, a severe headache with certain symptoms just before the headache

  • Atrial fibrillation, a fast, irregular heartbeat

  • Diabetes mellitus

  • High blood pressure

  • Depression

  • Stress

Stroke risk factors in women and men

These risk factors increase the risk of stroke in both women and men:

  • Being inactive

  • Older age

  • Previous heart and blood vessel (cardiovascular) disease

  • Being overweight

  • Unhealthy diet (for example, high in fat, cholesterol, and sugar; low in fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and olive oil)

  • Smoking

  • Metabolic syndrome, a group of findings and lab test results that increase the chance of stroke, heart attack, and diabetes

The abnormal lab results and findings include blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides, blood pressure, and overweight

Talk with your health care provider about your risk factors and what you can do to lower your risk of stroke.  

Lee S. Chung, M.D.

Dr. Chung is a vascular neurologist at the University of Utah Stroke Center. He grew up in East Tennessee and received his A.B. in Psychology from Harvard College. His developed a passion for the neurosciences through studies of cognitive psychology and the neuroanatomic underpinnings of behavior. He attended medical school at University of Califor... Read More

Specialties:

General Neurology, Stroke, Vascular Neurology

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L. Dana DeWitt, M.D.

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L. Dana DeWitt, MD is Medical Director for the Inpatient Neurology Service at University Hospital. She is also a member of the Brain Attack Team and interprets transcranial Doppler. She has had the honor of receiving awards as Best of Boston Magazine’s Top Docs for Women, Consumers’ Checkbook Top Docs, and Best Doctors in America 2005-2008.... Read More

Peter Hannon, M.D.

Peter Hannon, MD is an assistant professor of neurology at the University of Utah in the division of Vascular Neurology. He received his undergraduate degree in fine arts at Rice University and obtained his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. He completed neurology residency and a vascular neurology fellowship at the University of Uta... Read More

Specialties:

Neurology, Vascular Neurology

Locations:

Clinical Neurosciences Center (801) 585-7575

Jennifer Juhl Majersik, M.D., M.S.

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Dr. Majersik is an Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Utah, School of Medicine. After receiving her B.S. in Physics from Harvey Mudd College (Claremont, CA), she served in the Air Force as a Scientific Analyst at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base National Air Intelligence Center. In 1997, she attended medical school at University o... Read More

Min S. Park, M.D.

Dr. Park specializes in cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery, neuro-interventional radiology, stroke, brain tumors, brain aneurysms, brain vascular malformations and fistulas, head trauma, neuro critical care, hydrocephalus, skull base surgery and traumatic brain injury.Dr. Park is a neurosurgeon who comes to University of Utah Health Care... Read More

Phil Taussky, M.D.

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Phil Taussky, MD was born in Basel, Switzerland, where he earned his MD degree at the University of Basel. During his residency at the Kantonsspital Aarau, Switzerland, he was also one of the team physicians for the Swiss National ice-hockey team. After his residency he completed a skull base/cerebrovascular fellowship at the University of Utah and... Read More

Aleksander Tkach, M.D.

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4.8

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Specialties:

Vascular Neurology

Locations:

Clinical Neurosciences Center (801) 585-7575

Jana Wold, M.D.

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Jana Wold, MD is an Assistant Professor of Neurology and board certified in Neurology and Stroke. Her inpatient clinical practice includes evaluating and treating acute stroke patients in the hospital and emergency department as part of the Brain Attack team, and over the camera through the use of telemedicine. Her outpatient practice involves seei... Read More

Specialties:

Neurology, Stroke, Vascular Neurology

Locations:

Clinical Neurosciences Center (801) 585-7575

Adam de Havenon, M.D.

Dr. de Havenon is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Utah, School of Medicine. After receiving his B.A. from Yale University (New Haven, CT) in 2001, he received his medical degree from Brown University School of Medicine in 2009 (Providence, RI) and completed internship and neurology residency at the University of Utah in 20... Read More

Specialties:

Stroke, Vascular Neurology

Locations:

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