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.