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My dad died of a stroke, am I more likely to get it?
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Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Edward Smith
Dr. Edward Smith
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Dr. Rick Koch
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
In brief: Talk to MD
Talk to your physician & get appropriate screening of cardiovascular risk factors.

In brief: Talk to MD
Talk to your physician & get appropriate screening of cardiovascular risk factors.
Dr. Rick Koch
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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