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Stroke Risk Increased Among Siblings

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Have you ever noticed how members of the same family share certain physical characteristics, interests, abilities, and even similar gifts and talents?

Physical characteristics can often be so strong that complete strangers recognize you as being related to a particular family.

In music, some of the most incredible harmony is made by vocalists who are all members of the same family, because their voices share common qualities and inflections that aren’t easily reproduced by persons who are unrelated.

Most of us know families where each child is a gifted athlete, artist or writer.

Sharing common interests and talents with your family can be a very good and rewarding experience. Unfortunately, when it comes to our health, there are some conditions where sharing is not quite so welcome an experience.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, stroke is currently the number 4 killer in the United States. Per every 100,000 people, approximately 42 will die annually from cerebrovascular disease or stroke.

In the United States alone, there are over 6 million non-institutionalized persons who’ve been diagnosed with a stroke and are living with the results.

A stroke occurs when either a blood clot restricts or blocks the flow of blood to the brain, or one or more blood vessels in the brain burst. The results of a stroke can be devastating, ranging from paralysis, to speech difficulties, to permanent physical impairment, and in some cases death.

People who smoke, abuse alcohol, or who don’t get enough physical exercise are at a greater risk of stroke. Certain conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, or sickle cell anemia cause an increased stroke risk.

People over the age of 65 are more likely to suffer a stroke, as are those of African-American, Hispanic, or American Indian/Alaskan Native descent.

It’s also long been accepted that family history also plays a role in increased stroke risk. If someone else in your family has suffered a stroke, then your risk of stroke automatically increases.

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