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Are strokes also considered a family (genetic) risk factor for heart disease? 

My grandfather and my grandmother both died from stroke, but neither of them have had heart disease. Are strokes also considered a family (genetic) risk factor for heart disease? Thank you!

submitted by Joval from Torlac, Philippines on 3/29/2013


by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Atasu K Nayak, MD  

Atasu K. Nayak, MDThanks for the question. Stroke per se is not a risk factor for heart disease. But stroke can be associated with hypertension and hyperlipidemia which are risk factors for coronary artery disease. Stroke can also be a consequence of heart disease.
Please see your doctor for further evaluation of stroke and modify your risk factors for heart disease. 

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Updated April 2013
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