Family History

A family history of stroke or heart disease, especially if it occurred at an early age for the affected family member, is a strong risk factor for cardiovascular illnesses. This is because some of the other contributory factors in this context such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high LDL (bad) cholesterol may be inherited by children from their parents. In addition, people often behave and act as their parents and siblings do. As a result, the genes and habits that cause us to be sedentary, to smoke, to be overweight / obese, or to follow poor diets often tend to cluster in families.