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Feb012011

Mother's Stroke History Points to Daughter's Risk of Heart Attack

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(DALLAS) - A mother's history of stroke could help determine her daughter's risk of having a heart attack, according to researchers at the University of Oxford.

The study, published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics, examined approximately 2,200 female patients and how their mother's history of stroke affected their risk of both stroke and heart attack, compared to those whose father had suffered a stroke.

"Our study results point towards sex-specific heritability of vascular disease across different arterial territories — namely coronary and cerebral artery territories," said study leader Amitava Banerjee.

The study was the first of its kind to focus on both the sex of the patient and the sex of the relative in determining risk of such diseases. The researchers say it is important to evaluate gender-specific risk factors related to women and heart attacks because women are more likely to die from suffering a heart attack than men.

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