Friday, August 26, 2011

Family History May Predict Heart Attack More Than Stroke

(HealthDay News) -- Genetics may play more of a role in heart attacks than in strokes, a new British study suggests.

"A family history of heart attack appears to be a stronger risk factor for heart attack than a family history of stroke is for stroke," said study author Amitava Banerjee, a clinical lecturer in cardiovascular medicine at the University of Birmingham in England.

The findings should alter the way doctors predict a patient's risk of heart attack and stroke based on family history, the researchers said. And, "genes and genome-wide association studies may not be critical to the field of stroke research," Banerjee added. Read more...

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