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Your Family’s Health History Is Critical To Know For Your Health

Posted Apr 01 2010 12:00am

A new study shows that if your mother or father had a stroke by the time they were 65, your chances of also having a stroke by that age are increased fourfold. There are many risk factors for stroke, such as high blood pressure, obesity and smoking. These risks factors can be changed, but family history unfortunately cannot. However, the biggest effect of a parental stroke by age 65 is on children who have a high stroke risk factor such as high blood pressure. Get to know your family’s health  history and it should motivate you towards better control of blood pressure, blood sugar, quitting smoking, exercise and weight control.

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