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Mums’ stroke history 'puts daughters at risk'

Mums’ stroke history 'puts daughters at risk'
2nd February 2011

The daughters of women who had a stroke are more prone to heart attacks and have a higher chance of experiencing a stroke themselves, research shows.

A study, published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics, found that female heart patients are more likely to have mothers who had a stroke than fathers who did.

Study researcher, Amitava Banerjee, of the University of Oxford, said: "Traditional risk factors such as high blood pressure, smoking, and diabetes don't account for heart attack risk as clearly as women as in men, and tools to gauge risk in women are inadequate."

This comes after a study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that African Americans have a higher rate of stroke survival than white people.

In addition, it was also revealed that African Americans were more likely to have undergone more aggressive treatment while in hospital and also were less likely to use hospice care.

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