12/28/2012 07:02 am ET

6 Ways To Reduce Your Risk Of Stroke

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, causing approximately 128,842 deaths each year. A disproportionate number of those affected by stroke are over 50, as each decade you live past the age of 55, your chance of stroke nearly doubles, according to the American Stroke Association.

The good news? Approximately 50 percent of strokes are preventable.

While some ways of reducing stroke risk are not-so-easy (quitting smoking), there are also easy lifestyle changes that could make a big difference. Check out the slideshow below for ways to protect your brain from the risk of stroke.

6 Ways To Prevent Stroke