Women's Heart Advisor July 2011 Issue

Your Mother’s History of Stroke Increases Your Heart Attack Risk

Itís not too late to take preventive measures and control other risk factors.

Women whose mothers had a stroke are themselves at increased risk of heart attack as well as stroke, found a study published February 1 in Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics. The Oxford Vascular Study involved more than 2,200 patients who had suffered a stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA), heart attack or unstable angina. The researchers found that the female study participants with heart disease were more likely to have mothers who had suffered a stroke than fathers who did. This was the first study to demonstrate the sex-specific heritability of cardiovascular disease.

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