Stroke risk rises if sibling has stroke

18 April 2012

Those with a brother or sister who has had a stroke have a 60 percent increased risk of having a stroke as well, researchers in Sweden found.

Senior author Dr. Erik Ingelsson, a professor of cardiovascular epidemiology at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, said the findings were the first large study to examine the combined influence of age, gender and sibling history on stroke risk.

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