Stronger genetic link to heart attack than stroke

July 26, 2011

The authors focused on 1,600 people who suffered either a heart attack or stroke. They found the risk of heart attack was 48 percent greater if one parent had a heart attack and almost 600 percent if both parents had one.

In striking contrast, paternal stroke did not affect the patient's risk for stroke.

Researchers say, when it comes to genetics, family history of stroke and heart attack should be considered separately.

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