In 2006, 137,119 people died of a stroke, according to the
Certain factors can increase your risk of a stroke. MedlinePlus noted that high blood pressure is the top risk factor, and diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease and a family history of a stroke increase that risk. Other factors can increase your risk of bleeding in the brain. These factors include a head injury, alcohol consumption, cocaine use and bleeding disorders.
But can certain factors trigger a stroke? In a new study published in the journal Stroke, the researchers wrote that certain conditions, while they are not proven stroke triggers, may have a connection to a higher risk. The study looked at the triggers of ischemic strokes, and the researchers reviewed 26 studies that investigated factors that increased a person's short-term stroke risk. Two factors that the researchers found to cause an increased risk is alcohol consumption and infections. For example,