There are specific risk factors that increase the chances of a patient having a stroke. Risk factors having to do with age, gender, and ethnicity are not controllable and inevitably increase the chances of a person having a stroke. Whereas eating habits, physical activity, smoking and drinking are all examples of lifestyle choices that can be altered to better prevent strokes.
According to a recent study, it was “confirmed [that] there were at least 10 modifiable risk factors associated with 90% of stroke cases in all regions, young and older and in men and women.”  These modifications included important factors such as daily physical activity, diets, eliminating smoking, eliminating cardiac causes, improving Apoliprotein levels, reducing alcohol consumption, eliminating diabetes and reducing stress.
The majority of these factors are interrelated and are examples of how one modification in your lifestyle can help to better prevent strokes. Furthermore the study indicated that when these risk factors were combined it “brought a 91% reduction in stroke, similar in all regions, age groups and independent of sex.” 
 Global study finds risk factors for stroke have regional variation. Retrieved from: http://dailynews.mcmaster.ca/article/global-study-finds-risk-factors-for-stroke-have-regional-variation/
 Meszaros, Liz. Same 10 modifiable risk factors for stroke span the globe, but with regional variations. Retrieved from: http://www.mdlinx.com/neurology/article/519