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Family History, Age and Gender

For a small number of people stroke seems to run in the family.  However, even if you have a family member who has had a stroke, it does not mean that you will have a stroke.  Stroke is very common and many families are affected by it – this may be due to factors such as smoking or eating habits which run in the family – so it's not just your ‘family constitution'.  When habits change, the risk of stroke can change too!

If you are worried about a history of stroke in your family you should discuss it with your doctor or practice nurse.