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Does ischemic stroke run in families?

A history of either parent having had an ischemic stroke raises the risk that their children will have a stroke. Children may inherit genetic risk factors for strokes, such as sickle cell disease, or may inherit sensitivity to these risks factors. Diseases such as diabetes and blood clotting disorders have genetic components that may increase risk, and there is some evidence that certain ethnic groups have a genetic susceptibility to ischemic strokes. Other risk factors for stroke may be cultural or familial patterns of behavior or environmental conditions.

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