Stroke is a leading cause of death in the UK, responsible for 8.7% and 12.6% of male and female deaths in England and Wales according to the Office for National Statistics. You can change many of your risk factors if you know which ones count, such as stopping smoking and maintaining a healthy weight. Test your knowledge
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