Stroke Risk Scorecard

Learn the facts about stroke before it strikes.


Each box that applies to you equals 1 point. Total your score at the bottom of each column and compare with the stroke risk levels below.



Risk Factor High Risk Caution Low Risk
Blood Pressure > 140 / 90 or I don't know 120-139 / 80-89 < 120 / 80
Cholesterol > 240 or I don't know 200 - 239 < 200
Diabetes Yes Borderline No
Smoking Yes Trying to quit No
Atrial fibrillation Irregular heartbeat I don't know Regular heartbeat
Diet / Weight Overweight Slightly overweight Healthy weight
Exercise Don't exercise Exercise sometimes Exercise regularly
Family history of stroke Yes Don't know No
Score (1 point for each)      

If your RED score is 3 or more, please ask your doctor about stroke prevention right away.

If your yellow score is 4-6, you're off to a good start!  Keep working on it.

If your green score is 6-8, you're doing a great job of controlling your risk for stroke!



  • Know the symptoms of stroke:
      •  Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.
      •  Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
      •  Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
      •  Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
      •  Sudden severe headache with no known cause

    If you have experienced any of these symptoms, you may have had a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or stroke -- call 911 immediately!

    (Scorecard information from the National Stroke Association   1-800-STROKES)
  • You can save a life if you know the signs of stroke, and you act  F.A.S.T by following these simple steps:
     •  Face:  Smile -- does one side of the person's face droop?
     •  Arms: Have the person raise both arms. Does one droop downward?
     •  Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred or unclear?
     •  Time:  If any of these signs are apparent, call 911 or get to a hospital fast. With strokes, time lost is brain lost.


To reduce your risk for stroke:

  1. Know your blood pressure. If it's high, work with your doctor to lower it.
  2. Find out from you doctor if you have atrial fibrillation.
  3. If you smoke, stop.
  4. If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation.
  5. Find out if you have high cholesterol. If so, work with your doctor to control it.
  6. If you are diabetic, follow your doctor's recommendations carefully to control it.
  7. Include exercise in the activities you enjoy in your daily routine.
  8. Eat a lower sodium, lower fat diet
  9. Ask your doctor how you can reduce your risk of stroke


 For learn more about Cottage's specialized stroke services, or Cottage Neuroscience Institute, please contact Gary Milgram, Service Line Director, at (805) 682-7111.