Strokes can strike like a bolt out of the blue, leaving devastation in their wake. Yet, while we count high blood pressure and heart disease as familiar foes in this battle, there are a myriad of other, less recognized factors silently shaping our stroke risk profile. From the air we breathe to the stress we shoulder, these covert culprits stealthily undermine our vascular health. This blog unveils some surprising stroke risk factors lurking in the shadows of everyday life—elements that don’t feature in our regular health checks but are just as potent in their capacity to harm. It’s time to cast a light on these hidden hazards and arm ourselves with the knowledge to counter their threat.