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My dad died of a stroke, am i more likely to get it?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander answered

Specializes in Pathology

Slightly: The tendencies to atherosclerosis (the cause of most ischemic strokes), berry aneurysms (the cause of most subarachnoid bleeds), and high blood pressure (the cause of many, if not most, intracerebral bleeds) all have some link to heredity. There's nothing you can do about who your parents were, but the atherosclerosis and hypertensive risks can be managed pretty well by lifestyle and medication.

Answered 3/26/2013

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Dr. Edward Smith answered

Specializes in Neurology

Maybe: This depends upon the type of stroke which your father had. Was it provoked by hypertension, diabetes, elevated cholesterol or other hereditable stroke-prone traits? Was it due a ruptured aneurysm? Was he a cigarette smoker? Are you? Lacking hereditable traits (not all of which are known), your stroke risk may be no greater than anyone else.

Answered 9/17/2012

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Dr. Rick Koch answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Talk to MD: Talk to your physician & get appropriate screening of cardiovascular risk factors.

Answered 9/17/2012

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