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Table 2 Knowledge of stroke risk factors and warning signs of the study participants

From: Community awareness of stroke in Accra, Ghana

Variable Frequency %
Risk factors   
*Lack of exercise 256 37
*Hypertension 239 34
*Alcohol 231 33
*High Cholesterol 222 32
Family history of stroke 194 28
*Smoking 167 24
Stress 155 22
*Heart disease 125 18
Obesity 97 14
Poor eating 83 12
*Diabetes 90 13
No knowledge of risk factors 139 19
Warning signs   
*Numbness (on one side) 304 44
*Weakness (on one side) 266 38
*Slurred speech 256 37
*Severe headache 173 25
*Numbness (on any side) 147 21
*Dizziness 117 17
*Weakness (on any side) 104 15
*Vision problems 103 15
Shortness of breath 90 13
Unspecified pain 79 11
No knowledge of warning signs 152 22
  1. *established stroke risk factor or warning sign.