Balance on one leg for at least 20 seconds. Difficulty balancing may mean that tiny strokes or bleeds have already occurred, increasing your risk for more serious strokes.

Result finding: Among those who had two or more tiny strokes, about one-third had trouble balancing.

Source: Yasuharu Tabara, PhD, associate professor, Center for Genomic, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan, and lead author of a study published in Stroke

Bottom Line Personal February 15, 2015